Dangerous New E-mail Worm May Affect George Mason Computers

Posted: November 5, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Several new worms are spreading via e-mail, according to the Information Technology Unit (ITU). These viruses only affect Windows systems, and they steal information from infected computers. The subject line of the e-mail message contains either the words “Our private photos…” with the attachment “photos.zip” or the subject “don’t be late!” with the attachment “readnow.zip.” Computer users are urged to not open the attachment and to delete the message.

To protect the computers for which you are responsible, make sure the virus definition files in Norton AntiVirus have been updated to 11/1/2003 rev. 23 or later. To update the virus definition files, run Live Update by clicking on the yellow shield on the bottom right corner of the computer screen, and then click on Live Update. If Norton AntiVirus is not installed, users should download it here and then run Live Update as above. In addition, make sure that the computers for which you are responsible keep Windows up-to-date on a daily basis. For more information, visit the ITU web site.

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