| The "SoBig" worm is really terrorizing the Internet with the mass spam mails. I should know. I've deleted literally thousands of them (and the ones being returned to me advising me I have a virus) today.|
As much as I wish you were here to sample my software, some of you may be here to tell me I am infected and that you got spammed with one of the various "@tpasoft.com" addresses available from our site.
Well, put it layman's terms: It ain't me, dude! This virus, when it infects one's computer will search for useable email addresses out of Outlook Address Books, and from web pages cached on the users computer. If any given infected user has been to my site, an explored it then my primary email address just because the worms next address to bomb people with. The reality of the matter is that ALL tpasoft.com email addresses (save for one) are mail forwards. This means that mail sent to them goes to another email address. Our tpasoft.com addresses cannot send mail...even though it looks as if it has. It's the work of our infected users machine who have cached pages of our website. Plain and simple. This same story is true for most developers who work off a website. I have been reading stories about it all day on developers newsgroups.
So, as much as I appreciate the "Hey buddy! You'd better scan your computer for a virus!" letters, I don't need them anymore. I'm clean, my computer is clean. It's equipped with the top of the line Antivirus and FireWall software. Nothing is going in or out unless I know about it!
Sorry so many of you made the trip over here for nothing. Look around if you like. Something might strike your fancy. Otherwise I'm sorry you got spammed using my domain name....but as you can see, there ain't one whole helluva lot I can do about it. The worm is supposed to delete itself in early September.
One can hope.
For more information on this particular nuisance, Symantec has a whole page devoted to it, and even gave it a Level 4 (out of 5). Which means it's a nasty little *@#%. :)
Here is the link: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out your system, and have fun out there.