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BetaNews: More Woes for Outlook

May 29, 2000, 15:56 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Dobbins)

"Microsoft Outlook has been the vehicle for many worms and viruses in the past, and continues to provide mobility for computer viruses getting nastier and nastier by the day. A new virus so appropriately entitled "Killer Resume" has gained national attention, catching the eye of the FBI this past week."

"This virus is described as an e-mail attachment named either "RESUME.DOC" or "EXPLORER.DOC" with the subject line of "Resume - Janet Simons." This virus first spreads itself via the Outlook contact list and then proceeds to delete all files on the users computer once the user closes the attached file."

"Anti-viral experts are worried that the long weekend due to the holiday will allow the virus to proliferate and have already stated the virus is fast-spreading and Network Associates has given it a medium-level watch. ... Microsoft was criticized earlier this week for delaying the release of a patch for Outlook that was supposed to close the security hole making it easy for self-spreading worms to propigate themselves and cause damage. It was set to be released on May 22, 2000 but was not available from Windows update until Friday May 26th."

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