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SirCam due to wipe Windows PCs next SirCam the bandwidth-munching privacy invading mass mailing virus is due to attempt to wipe infected users Windows PCs next Tuesday Thats the bad news The good news is that indications are the malicious payload the virus contains isnt particularly effective probably because of shoddy programming on the virus writers part Graham Cluley senior technology consultant at Sophos said that the virus is programmed so that theres a one in 50 chance that on any day the virus would fill up an infected users hard disc with rubbish Theres been very few reports of this ever happening suggesting the virus is buggy or sensitive to users set-ups he told us Because of this the one in 20 possibility at least according to how the virus is programmed that SirCam might wipe a victims PC on October 16 is probably not going to be realised That said it still makes sense for people to get themselves disinfected especially since the virus is still common three months after it appeared on the Internet in mid-July MessageLabs a managed services firm that scans its users email for viruses has blocked 2967 copies of SirCam in the last 24 hours and a 414000 copies of the virus in all As previously reported SirCam normally arrives in an email with a random subject body text and attachment name Infected attachments contain a double extension which gives users a clue that an email might contain a virus The subject line of an email is the name of a file found on the sending PC The attachment will carry the name of this document file with a second extension such as COM EXE PIF LNK The worm contains its own SMTP routine which is used to send email messages to email addresses found in the Windows address book and the temporary internet folder A document file is included in the executable that the worm mails which
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