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some recent blank emails from members of the DML makes me wonder if some of you
are infected. The DMNS IT folks sent out the following alert:
Reminiscent of last summer's Lovsan/MS Blaster worm, W32/Sasser.worm.a and
W32/Sasser.worm.b are Medium Risk Internet worms that exploit a vulnerability
in the Microsoft Windows operating system, especially 2000 and XP.
You do not need to click anything to become infected. Unlike typical viruses
that arrive inside email attachments, Sasser worms and their variants attack
vulnerable computers when they connect to the Internet. Infected PCs will
repeatedly reboot and help spread the self-executing worms to other computers.
Kenneth Carpenter, Ph.D.
Curator of Lower Vertebrate Paleontology &
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Denver Museum of Natural History
2001 Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80205