Computer Virus Circulating in Milwaukee Hit Many Computers
According to the reports from Stamm Business Technologies, Milwaukee, a single virus attacked several computers in the 3rd week of July 2008. Consequently, many customers sent back their systems to the company, saying that their computers were hijacked by a virus.
Security analysts at the company revealed the details about the newly found virus and said that it came in the form of a fraudulent e-mail with the subject line "UPS Packet".
As per the analysts, the e-mail compels the user to believe that a United Parcel Service (UPS) package could not be delivered because of a wrong address.
As the user goes on to read the e-mail text, he or she is directed to open an attachment, which allegedly carries a waybill for the shipment to be picked up. But after opening the attachment, the fake e-mail implants a virus that opens a door on the system for installing other viruses.
Further, the security analysts said that this virus makes the user system vulnerable to attacks and increases the chances of installing more viruses. They added that although the virus is very simple to remove once the system reaches the shop, it couldn't be removed with a simple scan.
Further, according to a statement given by Upon Reflection, a blog service UPS, it knows about the fake e-mail and sends official notification occasionally, but they rarely include any attachments with it. Therefore, if a user receives any notification mail carrying an attachment and has a doubt about it authenticity, he may forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UPS also said that they respect the customer relationships but does not hold any responsibility of an involvement of a 3rd party i.e. of phisher dragging in and the user keeps on clicking on fake links.
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