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Tue 27 Jan 2004

Mydoom is an iBook in the shop

Category : mac and the internet

Mydoom or Novarg has struck. This second mass mailing virus of 2004 and appears to be gearing towards a denial of service attack on SCO computers. After SCO claimed copyright on parts of Linux, and their servers subsequently suffered direct attacks which brought them down. This seems to be the first time a virus was used.

Beagle or Bagle was the first mass mailer of 2004 but CNET said last week it had cooled down.

These viruses are reminiscent of 2003's SoBig Virus. Although Bagle was small fry, Mydoom will be bigger than even SoBig! Even Straits Times is listing it in its latest news section.

Once again, the junk mail generated is easily tossed into the junk folder by Entourage, thankfully with no danger to my mac. However, after just 100 junk emails today, I could overlook false positives, e.g. mail from from new people, of which I receive several every day. So I just downloaded Spam Sieve for a retrial. I had earlier recommended it for new users, now its time to put it through its paces with an old user during a junk mail onslaught. Version 2.1.2 was just released.

Now if only I would get my iBook back from Apple. Those clowns had it for a month in December, and sent it back to me with complimentary fungus on the lcd screen whic must have grown while the lads partied over the holidays!

They didn't fix my hardisk which had been acting up. *Sheepishly* they couldn't have since I forgot to release the password protection. They just ran some obviously inadequate test and declared all's well.

At the January's mac meetup the iBook reverted to its sulky white screen of death, mocking the valiant efforts of the many experts present.

So no smugness from me about being a mac user during in this virus season. Apple has had my BattleAx over the Chinese New Year as well, so that's six weeks and counting that I have lost the use of my iBook. Its really wrecking my life and has proved to be mydoom.

I couldn't resist...

Posted at 4:48PM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .