Global Virus: "Here You Have" Email Flood

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  1. RawBert macrumors 68000

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    Has anyone else been affected at work by this?
    It was a constant barrage of emails at work today. They were titled "Here you have" and came from other employees in different departments of our company. It was so bad that our boss at our regional office let us go home early. I saw it on the news when I got home and learned just how bad it really was.

    BTW, we use Win PCs running outlook email software.

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  2. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    I'm using Preview, not that bloatware Adobe Acrobat.

    Bring 'em, viruses :p

    EDIT: did I just say Acrobat? Looks like I have not used it since a long time... it even changed name :)
     
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    I wasn't aware they had changed the name. It's been that long since I used that craptastic piece of sh...software. Feels good, man.
     
  5. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Yikes! The last 'big shutdown' I had to deal with from a virus was when the Blaster Worm rolled in in 2003. I was starting sophomore year of boarding school and everyone came back from summer break with either a) new computers without antivirus or b) computers festering with the worm.

    It was a total mess, the ISP threatened to shut down the T3 line if the school couldn't get things under control—they wound up turning off the network sending people around to every single dorm room over the course of two weeks to install antivirus software. Meanwhile my Mac was stranded without internet despite being totally clean. :(

    I did, however, happen to have a free period when they turned the internet back on. My dorm happened to be first, and everyone else was either asleep or in class. I sustained 3 megabytes/s downloading stuff for like 20 minutes until word got around that the internet was back. :D

    Acrobat/whatever it's called now sucks so much compared to preview. :)
     
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    I heard of this from a person I talk to at an investment company. She said their email was offline for hours while they were trying to track it down.

    I love OS X. :cool:
     
  7. R94N macrumors 68020

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    Heard about this on Tech News Today earlier. Sounds like a real nightmare for IT technicians :p

    And I think it's still called Acrobat, although I haven't used it since I switched.


    I will ask my Dad and see if he's been affected :D ;)
     
  8. belvdr macrumors 603

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    It's not Windows; it is stupid users clicking on links they shouldn't be. This is not the beginning of the Internet, so people should know more than they did 10 years ago when the Anna Kournikova email performed the same trick.

    Well, if the stupid users continue, it could even have a chance at bringing down an OS X email server, though that depends on other factors.
     
  9. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    Yep. There is no patch for human stupidity. At a former job a few years ago, we decided to run some security tests, mostly of the social engineering type, on our users. We setup a fake website on one of our servers and made a little script to capture info. My manager then sent out an email from his personal account to all users asking them to click on a link and enter in their user name and password on said website. Despite the mandatory user awareness training that everyone took and despite the repeated warnings that we would never ask for someone's password, about 10-15% (I forget the exact numbers) of our users still clicked on the link and happily provided the information. It was very depressing.

    And OSX isn't immune. The OS may be a bit more secure (the mere fact that OSX prompts for an admin username and password to install anything is better than most Windows installs), but most people will happily give said info just to get the OS to shut up. Microsoft is seeing this with its User Account Control in Vista and Win7. Most users will click yes on the box just to get the annoying box to go away without even noticing what is really going on.
     
  10. Melrose Suspended

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    Correct. Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair, most of the time.
     
  11. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    Yep, PEBKAC alright.

    Oh and Acrobat is the PDF authoring software. Adobe Reader is what most PC users use now to view PDFs. Oh and everyone's right, Preview is easily quicker and therefore better.
     
  12. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    i know JPMChase got hit, ;) no matter how much security there is always one bunch of dumbasses that will screw it up.
     
  13. 184550 Guest

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    Now all we need is a biological component and we'll have the start of a Michael Crichton novel.
     
  14. lewis82 macrumors 68000

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    Maybe now, but I recall having Adobe Acrobat on my iMac G3 running 9.2 (talk about vintage), and I didn't pay a cent for it, I downloaded it from Adobe's website.
     
  15. RawBert thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have Acrobat Pro at work (PC) and at home on Mac. It can actually be a useful tool from time to time. It handles vector graphics pretty well.

    The flood of emails was coming from about 50 of our employees. Those are the ones who not only opened the email, but clicked on the link within it. Most of them worked in Finance. Dorks. :D
     
  16. millertime021 macrumors 6502a

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    We got nailed at my work place. Few hundred thousand emails, just internally were sent with the link.
    One coworker of mine got 20,000. Most only got a few hundred.

    However, it did take down our servers.
     

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