I have also been recieving dodgy emails, dont wanna piss on a good campagins party but a good friend of mine who works designing 'cures' belives some are coming from the 'save our stripes' site. He believes they are infected and are un-intentionally sending everyone who signs up worm viruses! thankfully, the system i hav on my pc eats viruses like that fot breakfast ;D
MyDoom.F deletes files from infected machines as well as leaving them open to malicious hack attacks, as previous versions of MyDoom did. Infected systems harbor a backdoor that allows malicious hackers to remotely access and control infected machines, which can then be used to spew spam or launch denial-of-service attacks.
Computers infected with MyDoom.F will attempt to carry out a denial of service attack on Microsoft and the Recording Industry Association of America's website servers. Previous versions of the worm attacked the servers of the SCO Group and Microsoft. SCO's website was taken offline for the duration of the DOS attacks; Microsoft's site marched on with barely any problems.
MyDoom.F, which affects only PCs running the Microsoft Windows operating system, arrives as an e-mail attachment, which sometimes appears as a compressed Zip archive. The attachment is labeled with various names including "paypal.zip," "creditcard.zip," "photo.zip" or "mail.zip," as well as the ever popular "%random characters%.zip."
The e-mail subject line can be one of two dozen or so statements including: "Approved," "Your Credit Card," "Expired Account," "You use illegal File Sharing... Your IP was logged," and "Stolen."
The body of the message also varies and includes: "Kill the writer of this document," "I have your password," "Please see the attached file for details" and, oddly, "You are a bad writer."
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