- Feb 3, 2009
reactive thinkers blame first think second
Someone's Sending A Virus From My E-Mail Addres How Do I Stop Them?!
Today I came to learn a realization that was all to real, and likely something I already realized but hadn't realized nor considered the repercussions of. It was a reality check from hell and a reality that really makes me uncomfortable.
Let me start from the beginning.
E-mail viruses are nothing new. People have been hit by them for years unsuspectingly although I thought as many others did, that it was due to something you did (whether or not you did it intentionally or were a victim of doing something normal only to be tricked into doing it matters not) that made it happen- Simple cause and effect right? Wrong.
The typical way viruses get into your system are:
- You open an email with a script built into the HTML or even the .eml (extension in outlook emails are saved in i believe, I may have the exact letter combination wrong- I don't like outlook much- no versatility on different pc's without some major syncing and set up) encoding that emits a powerful viral installation. The fact is the script can be 2 lines in length, super focused (less code i.e. a loop action vs an if/do) and many viruses actually act like zip files in that they contain only the "active" ingredient and use your own windows OS to supplement the rest of it's "Body"! Yes you can be infected simply by your own curiosity (infectious curiosity?) and OPENING the mail- not clicking anything opening anything, allowing anything- just opening it is like pulling the trigger- they are getting cleaver these days!
- You open a website with a scrip- same scenario plays out only it's much easier to implement in a browser due to the many holes in most browsers (Firefox is not impenetrable but it's dam good at keeping out most things, if you use IE (sound the death toll music) then your just walking through the ghetto of the internet with a solid gold bike and a flat tire- why would you do that? IE is the worst thing ever in browser technology security- granted 9.0 is better but still Microsoft after all (I say as I hypocritically use Windows Vista, but NOT IE, I won't even allow that program on my PC, some sites can actually LAUNCH IE even if you never use it, and plant a virus through the screen door of holes in that useless software (yes I'm a bit peeved with all the viruses ONLY IE let in).
- You downloaded or opened a screensaver file (thinking well it's not an .exe right? but the scr extension IS executable- tsk tsk... or you clicked a link to something you thought was legit- possibly becuase your friend sent it- or did he? Likely not.
- The last option is the focus of this hub/article