Net Xpress: Seems to be a competition among creators of trojan horses, viruses

September 19, 2004|SHEILA J. CLARK

Each time a new trojan horse, virus or worm arrives on the scene, computer users whose systems become infected are faced with memorable personal experiences. Most people have virus attack stories much like folks who tell old war stories. Neither are experiences you'd soon forget.

Writers of these pesky trojans, viruses and worms seem to be getting even more clever as years go by. They seem to stop at nothing to top the last big attack.

For instance, Amus, a new computer worm suspected to be of Turkish origin, plans to give computer users yet another unique experience to share. Amus brings a new twist on a different kind of personal level to computer users. This mass-mailing worm comes with the subject "Listen and Smile," with an attachment named Masum.exe. The twist is that it also comes with an embedded voice message.

Amus' message says: "How are you. I am back. My name is Mr. Hamsi. I am seeing you. Haaaaaaaa. You must come to Turkey. I am cleaning your computer. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. Gule gule." The last phrase is in Turkish, meaning Bye, Bye.


While the worm itself is rated as a low risk, it could likely spark a whole new wave of talking worms. On one hand, it will be interesting to see how this will play out in the future, yet on the other hand, are computer users really ready for talking worms?

Read more about the Amus worm here or here.

Microsoft update alert

Microsoft has released two updates for its September security update. One is rated critical for a JPEG image processing flaw and the other is rated as important for a WordPerfect converter flaw. Read more about the flaws here or here or here.

MSN Live online events

Sept. 22: Singer Rene Ostead chats at 9 p.m.

VoIP update

* J&R Music and Computer World is running a new Packet8 promotion for a free voice of IP adapter for $59.88. The offer includes two free months of the Freedom Unlimited service (regularly $19.95 per month) and includes free activation (regularly $29.95). In addition, it offers a $60 rebate for the adapter to make it free as well. Learn more here or here.

The Freedom Unlimited service plan features unlimited calling to anyone in the 50 United States and Canada and Packet8 subscribers world wide; unlimited Packet8 network talk time; voicemail; caller ID; call waiting; three-way calling; call forwarding; caller ID blocking and online account management. All of the previously mentioned features are included in the $19.95 monthly fee.

Linux update

* Knoppix 3.6 is out, with version 3.7 coming soon. Version 3.7 has been released via German magazines but hasn't officially been released online. Version 3.6 can be downloaded from the official Web site.

Knoppix is a bootable CD with a full Linux operating system. Check it out!

Net buzzz

* Yahoo, a leading Internet company, has acquired Musicmatch, a music software company. The move will help Yahoo stake its claim in the online music business arena. Read more.

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