May 26, 2000
As of Friday evening, May 26, a new and dangerous
computer virus has been identified and is reportedly spreading through e-mail
systems using Microsoft Outlook.
Anti-virus industry sources are reporting that a number of corporate e-mail
systems have already been infected, and some shut down as a result. The virus
spreads by mailing itself to everyone in a users address book once opened.
It also attempts to delete a number of files on the users system.
The subject of the e-mail carrying this virus is: "Resume - Janet Simons." NIPC
recommends that you do not open any e-mail with that subject line. Deactivate
your executive summary feature in Microsoft Outlook, and only then delete the
e-mail without opening. Patches are being prepared by the anti-virus industry.
Refer to those sources for additional technical advice and assistance.
The upcoming long holiday weekend poses opportunity for the spread of the virus
over the next three days, with a potentially rapid surge in activity as of
opening of business overseas on Monday and in the U.S. on Tuesday. It also,
however, provides all users with the opportunity to identify and remove the
intruding e-mail. In passing e-mails in furtherance of this alert, avoid using
the terms in the e-mail's subject line to prevent your message being filtered
out as defenses are erected at receiving systems.
Recipients are asked to report significant or suspected criminal activity to
their local FBI office or the NIPC Watch and Warning
Unit, and to computer emergency response support and other law enforcement
agencies as appropriate. The NIPC Watch and Warning Unit can be reached at
(202) 323-3204/3205/3206 or email@example.com.