Virus Warning: Storm Worm
The internet has been under siege since July with a very persistent and dangerous virus, technically an internet "worm", researchers have named "Storm". More than 415 million SPAM e-mail messages have gone out on the internet from July 16 to Aug 1 luring e-mail recipients to malicious Web-sites where the worm is contracted.
This college has seen our share of Storm and IT Services has been busy eradicating it as it crops up.
Here's what you can do to help:
DO NOT click on a internet link or an attachment within an unsolicited e-mail, even if it comes from someone you know. If unsolicited, always contact the person before clicking to find out if it is valid.
The Storm worm depends on "social engineering" to entice e-mail recipients to invite the worm in past perimeter defenses. These e-mailings may promise critical data, news of a catastrophe, or an invitation to view an e-card. Also, an e-mail may relate to subjects of which you are familiar. When you open the attachment or click on the web link, you've got it!
Here's a link (a safe link ;-) for those who would like to "read more about it": http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=201202711
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