I’m Getting Bombarded With Virus E-mails: If you’ve received any suspicious-looking e-mail from me, please let me know in the comments. Thanks! UPDATE: OK, this is now driving me batshit. Hundreds of infected e-mails an hour, all “re: Thanks!” and “Wicked screensaver!” Is there a machete for this worm? If I have another day like today I am bound to leap over the backyard fence like a bearded, raccoon-eyed zombie and brain the neighbor’s horrendous yapping dogs, just for reasons of Closure. Please prevent caninicide today, and help me find the “patch” or whatever you kids are calling it nowadays.
In Matt’s comments section, a reader pointed to this MSNBC story explaining what is happening:
SoBig and its variants have been taunting computer users all year, starting with the original virus released in January. The sixth variant was released early Tuesday, kick-started by a mass spam mailing and quickly rising to the top of many virus threat lists.
The worm uses random subject lines and attachment names, making it hard to spot. Network Associates Inc. has seen hundreds of affected customers, said spokesman Craig Schmugar. The firm rates the virus a medium risk. Symantec Corp. has received 300 submissions from customers, most from home users, said Weafer, and rates the virus a 3 on a scale of 1 to 5.
But even those who weren