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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:46 PM
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Anyone know anything about the new virus DownandUp?
See article: http://tech.yahoo.com/blogs/null/116396

my question is how does the flashdrive get infected??
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 06:43 PM
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1. Windows worm trickery for Vista (BBC) {a little more info}
The "Autoplay" function in Vista and early versions of Windows 7 automatically searches for programs on removable drives.

However, the virus hijacks this process, masquerading as a folder to be opened. When clicked, the worm installs itself.

It then attempts to contact one of a number of web servers, from which it could download another program that could take control of the infected computer.

Bad guys

The worm is unusually clever in the way that it determines what server to contact, according to F-Secure's chief research officer Mikko Hypponen.
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Users are urged to download the KB958644 Security Update from Microsoft to mitigate the risk of infection.
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more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7842013.stm

MS security update: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyi...
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 11:11 PM
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2. Thanks for the response and links. But I still do not know how the virus gets into flashdrives. nm
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 03:54 PM
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3. Somebody at the factory did that.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 04:00 PM
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4. One of the main reasons I turn off Autoplay when I do an install
So you have to manually run something-big deal. I also refuse to use Internet Exploder and Outhouse-that solves about 99% of the problems right there.
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