Virus Zoo [en]

Virus Kak [en]

Pete vient de me faire remarquer que j’ai été infectée par le virus kak.
Si vous utilisez Outlook Express 5.0 pour Windows et que je vous ai envoyé de l’email après le 2 novembre, il vaut la peine de faire un contrôle anti-virus et d’installer le patch fourni par Microsoft.

Le virus se propage en se mettant à  la place de la signature sur les emails sortants. Il fera faire un “shutdown” à  Windows le premier de chaque mois après 16 heures.

Vérification rapide: si le répertoire – C:, en principe – dans lequel se trouve autoexec.bat contient un fichier nommé ae.kak, vous êtes infecté. Ne pas effacer ce fichier, c’est la copie saine de votre autoexec.bat!

Désolée pour l’inconvénient!

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Kak Virus [en]

I have just noticed (thanks, Pete!) that I have been infected with the kak virus.

If you are using Outlook Express 5.0 for Windows and I have sent you email after November 2nd, you might want to run a check and install the patch provided by Microsoft.

The virus spreads by putting itself in place of the signature on the emails you send out, and will shut down Windows on the first of each month after 4 p.m.

Quick check: if the directory – usually C: – which contains your autoexec.bat has a file named ae.kak in it, you’re infected. Don’t delete that file, it is the healthy backup of your autoexec.bat!

Really sorry for the trouble.

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Dealing with Spammers [en]

I’ve finally worked down my procedure for dealing with spammers. : )
Now, this isn’t the ultimate solution, and it isn’t guaranteed to work – it is just an account of what I do when I receive junk email: report spammers.

  1. First, as I use Outlook, I have to find the headers of the email (under “properties” of the said mail) – and copy them at the beginning of the mail I am forwarding.
  2. Then starts the “investigation” part: using the “IP Whois” and the “Worldwide Whois” of UXN Spam Combat, I look up
    • IP addresses (those are the numbers, formatted like “000.000.000.000”)
    • domain names (like “www.anydomain.com”)

    and add to the recipient list of the email I am forwarding [email protected]” or “[email protected] (email hosting services will probably have an “abuse” address… “postmaster” is the more sure bet – it has to exist).

  3. I add [email protected] in the “CC” field – as they are supposed to monitor UCE (Unsollicited Commercial Email) issues and take action to solve the problem.
  4. Finally, I paste some text (I personally use the text listed under “1”, without the bracketed paragraph) at the top of the mail, and send.

Advice

  • Don’t follow any links on the email (especially “remove” or “unsubscribe” links), or reply to it. It will only confirm to the spammers that your email address is a “good” one!
  • Take care in who you forward the email to: you don’t want to bug the wrong people, do you? Check the abuse.net contact database if you aren’t sure.
  • Make sure you forward the whole email, including the headers.
  • Keep the accompanying message polite and to-the-point.

Some links and resources about UCE and spammer tracking:

  • abuse.net – general resources and information
  • spam.abuse.net – information and faqs: why it is important to fight spam
  • UXN tracing spam – good step-by-step guide to header reading and IP tracking
  • anti-spam tips – How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam, and Telemarketers
  • more links – more links and resources: fighting european spam

That should be enough to get you started!

Update 01.06.2004: use SpamCop instead, much simpler!

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Advice [en]

Don’t do what silly me did: when you receive spam, avoid clicking on the “remove” link.

One of my email boxes is now being filled with offers to help me make lots of money in no time and with no effort.

I am therefore doing a net-hunt to figure out the best way of dealing with the problem. You can expect another “Advice” post on the subject once I have finished my research.

And in the meantime, don’t click any links on those nasty spammy emails!

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Spam [en]

Here is one email address you should always have with you – forward unsollicited spam to it:
[email protected]
picked up at the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

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Outlook Beware [en]

[fr] Twitter n'envoie dès à présent plus de SMS aux utilisateurs basés hors des Etats-Unis, du Canada, et de l'Inde: trop cher. Oui, ça veut dire que même vos DM ne vous parviennent plus sur votre téléphone. Très déçue et embêtée par ce changement assez important dans l'intégration de mes communications online et offline.

Some versions of Outlook and Outlook express can be vulnerable to viruses that act as the mail headers are read, i.e. even without you opening the message or the attachment. The good news is that a patch is available.

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