‘MY DOOM’ WORM
A rapidly spreading e-mail worm on Monday afternoon shut down e-mail systems at several large corporations and is causing problems for computer users connected to the Internet, security experts said.
Known as “MyDoom,” it is the fastest spreading e-mail worm ever, according to Network Associates, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based maker of McAfee Antivirus software. The company classified it as a “high alert,” its most severe status level.
Mydoom is wreaking havoc with businesses and home computer users, said Steven Sundermeier, product manager for Central Command, an anti-virus company in Medina, Ohio. Sundermeier said the worm is spreading fastest in the United States and Europe.
The virus spreads in an e-mail message that looks like it was garbled during its journey to the recipient’s in-box. The body text urges recipients to click on the attached file if the contents of the message are damaged or unreadable. The virus launches when the attachment is opened.
I’ve gotten several e-mails with the worm itself or generated by people infected with it. What I don’t understand is WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL OPENING THESE ATTACHMENTS?! One would think even little old ladies who’ve never used a computer would know this by now.