New computer virus warning (fwd)

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Thu Mar 14 04:06:58 UTC 2002

This looks legitimate. Best to be cautious.


---------- Forwarded message ----------

hello and good day!

...viruses and worms.  the best solutions: prevention and awareness.  NEVER
open attachments unless you are expecting them and NEVER open attachments
that end with the .EXE extension.

-----Original Message-----
From: Writing Program Administration [mailto:WPA-L at]On Behalf Of
Joe Williams
Sent: Thursday, March 07, 2002 9:47 AM
To: WPA-L at
Subject: new virus

Just got this from our computing people.

Dear Humanities Faculty and Staff,

There is a new email virus, called W32/Gibe at MM, that Network Security is
beginning to get reports of that pretends to be a Microsoft Security

It starts with this message:

Microsoft Customer,

         this is the latest version of security update, the
"2 Mar 2002 Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates all
known security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer and
MS Outlook/Express as well as six new vulnerabilities, and is
discussed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-005. Install now to
protect your computer from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of
which could allow an attacker to run code on your computer.

        It includes an attachment called q216309.exe.


It will infect your machine with the virus and install a backdoor on your
machine which will allow anyone over the network to take control of
your machine. As a general rule, Microsoft and other vendors do not release
patches via email. It is always a good idea to download patches from their
web site directly rather than trusting files sent or linked to via email.


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