Thursday, September 08, 2005

PC Virus Not Infecting Macs - But Affecting Macs ... Yes!



Have any of you seen this problem in your email?

I am investigating the implications of this problem; as it seems to be a PC virus that is spreading rapidly. At the moment, I am getting about 8 such messages a minute. It is NOT a Mac OS virus or a Mac OS problem - I have Yahoo Mail and read it via Mail.app in Mac OS 10.4 Tiger.

I have checked my mail via the online Yahoo Mail reader and my inbox fills with these type of messages almost as soon as I delete them.

It's been going on for over a week now. I haven't seen any major Computer news outlet talking about it. Ironically, it seems to have started right about the day Hurricane Katrina hit. Hmmmmm .........

I can't tell if I have truly bounced a message or put in the wrong email address or not - as all mail looking like this is going to junk now.

If you read the message - most have a lot of garble at the top - but then seem to be advertisements for Viagra and Cialis.

[UPDATE] Kinda clairvoyant that I posted this with a major article coming out today about Mac Users being foolish for thinking they are immune to viruses ...

I'll let you look at a comment I made at Slashdot for details:

I will point my finger towards THIS GUY and THIS GUY - because - they seem to be egging people on.

It's great to be aware ... not so great to cause the paranoid population to be cautious!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

hi,

yup, i have had the same experience, also in the same timeframe.

i run my own webhosting/mail servers, so i can confirm that the 50 or so failed spam bounced i get each day are not going through my mail servers, and are not coming from my mac in any way.

i doubt this is targeting users of mac's (especially since there is no way to tell i have a mac as my machine from the internet) but the big upswing in this kind of spam means that some additional (windows?) viruses are out there hitting people's address books, etc.

urge all your friends to use Thunderbird and Firefox instead of IE and Outlook/Outlook Express, and not to use O/OE's address book - that might be a start in curbing this.