Sunday, February 01, 2004

Fighting Viruses

I received the following today (slightly anonymized to protect the guilty):

From: Norton_AntiVirus_Gateways@b****
Subject: A Virus was found in an E-mail you sent to BCC
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2004 14:24:54 +0000

We would like to inform you that we found a virus in an E-mail that you sent to some one at B****hire Community College. Please scan you computer for viruses.

--- Scan information follows ---

Result: Virus Detected
Virus Name: W32.Novarg.A@mm
File Attachment: doc.pif
Attachment Status: deleted

--- Original message information follows ---

To: ******@b****
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2004 12:24:33 -0200
Subject: hello
Received: (from ip440 [])

What is worrying about this is not that I might be sending out MyDoom (I am not, I use a Mac), but that it is a huge mistake to think that this came from me just because my address is in the 'From' line. What matters is the originating IP address, and that is not mine.

I suspect that this is ignorance on the part of the Sysadmin, but there is a clear implication that the e-mail has been generated automatically by Norton Anti-virus. Either way, it suggests that fighting computer viruses, like fighting real viruses, cannot be successful without an effort to educate the population. People need to know how they get infected, how to cure themselves, and how to help others. And part of that involves learning how to read an e-mail header.

Covertec Case

Well, the lack of access to the reset button was a problem today. For some reason, the T|E froze during a Hotsync, and I had to take it out of the case to do a physical reset. it was not that difficult, but the tight 'glove' fit which holds the T|E in place will loosen if I do that too many times. But the good thing about a flip-over case is that even if the device is a little loose in the case, it will not fall out when the case is closed.

Despite its faults, I still like this case: it feels good in the hand and looks good on the table.