Internet hackers are at it again. There is a new mass mailing worm that computer users need to be aware of. It is an email that will either say “Here you have” or “Just for you,” and then inside the email there will then be a link that states “This is the Free Download.” Once clicked on, this worm can do horrible damage to your computer. It will stop your anti-virus software from working and can be spread to everyone in your email contacts, according to Cnet. The virus can also steal passwords that are saved in browsers such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, and Mozilla Firefox. This is definitely a worm that you want to watch out for.
This is not the first nor will it be the last virus to wreak havoc against computers. Two of the more notable viruses in the past, were the Chernobyl Virus and the Slammer Virus. The Chernobyl Virus was first introduced in 1998. The virus was accidently dispersed from a software company. This is the worst type of virus that you can get because it goes undetected in your computer’s memory. The virus affected every program or file that was run on the computer. Once it matured the virus would erase all files on a user’s hard drive, according to Associated Content. It was responsible for over $20 billion in damages.
The Slammer Virus was one of the worst. It happened in 2003 and it managed to not only crash internet servers, but managed to take an entire country off of the map. The virus started on one server and then started projecting out millions of Slammer viruses to random computers. The virus managed to take out all of South Korea with no internet or cell phone service for the 27 million people there, according to Wired. 911 operators in Seattle were out and the Newark portion of Continental Airlines had to cancel all their flights because their automated ticket system was down. This virus caused $1 billion dollars in damage.
The “Here you have” mass-mailing worm seems to be less powerful then the Chernobyl Virus and the Slammer virus because it will not erase your hard drive or shut down your computer. But it could do a lot of damage if your passwords for your financial institutions are stolen and hackers could get into your credit cards and accounts. So even though you will still have a working computer, it will be one that is compromised.
The only way right now to protect yourself from the “Here you have” worm is to make sure your anti-virus software is up to date and to not click on any links that say “Here you have” or “Just for you.” There is currently no patch to stop the virus. However, if you have up to date anti-virus software, it should be able to stop the virus, according to Mail Online. Just be sure to check any emails before you open them and never download from any person that you don’t know.
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C.D. Crowder, “List of Ten of the Worst Email Viruses” Associated Content
Paul Boutin, “Slammed! An inside view of the worm that crashed the Internet in 15 minutes” Wired
Niall Firth,”‘Here you have’ virus that promises free sex films causes havoc as it spreads across the world” Mail Online