Could W32/Swen possibly be the worst yet?

Discussion in 'Anti-Virus' started by Bill, Sep 21, 2003.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    From my perspective, W32/Swen seems to be the biggest pain in the ass
    of all worms to date, yet it has received little if any media
    coverage. This could be perhaps because the corporate users haven't
    been hit?

    I just hope that the FBI puts as much into finding the prick who let
    this one loose as they did finding some previous shitheads.
    Bill, Sep 21, 2003
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  2. you don't have to download them. delete them online first I
    Bryan Henderson, Sep 21, 2003
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  3. Bill

    J J Guest


    Using Mailwasher Pro which seems 2 B doing the trick for now - BSc in Comp.
    Sci. and MSc in e-Business and I go and use a real e-mail address on
    usenet - TWAT!
    J J, Sep 21, 2003
  4. Bill

    Bill Guest

    Bart listed some blacklist servers you can add to Mailwasher that
    really seem to be taking a bite out of it.
    Bill, Sep 21, 2003
  5. Bill

    Bill Guest

    That's according to Trend and they are likely basing their figures on
    infections reported by Trend users only. Trend doesn't have anywhere
    near the U.S. market as say, McAfee and Symantec. I would take their
    number with a grain of salt.
    Bill, Sep 21, 2003
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    Chad Irby Guest

    Not according to Symantec... they downgraded Sobig to a 2 and Swen is a
    Chad Irby, Sep 21, 2003
  7. Hi,
    Well, if I look around among my friends I see that few (if any) of them
    use newsgroups. As far as I know the main problem with Swen is that
    newsgroup scanning and spreading. So if the entirely of users has
    similar likes and dislikes then for most of them Swen might look like
    just another virus. :(
    Thore Schmechtig, Sep 21, 2003
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    Janusz Guest

    2 fucking right, it's doing my head in downloading 10 x 150Kb e-mails a

    my mistake putting out e-mail on IRC and stuff, will learn 4 later - also
    pricks who are stupid enough to open it up in the 1st place or not have
    Janusz, Sep 22, 2003
  9. No doubt for me it's the worst. For five days I've been receiving about 20
    emails/hour related to this worm/virus.
    Arthur Hoffman, Sep 22, 2003
  10. Hi,
    I can top you - when it started Thursday night at times I got three
    Swens per MINUTE. Currently the average is about once per minute.
    Thore Schmechtig, Sep 22, 2003
  11. I have been very happy using the free version of Agent from It allows me to put whatever I want in the "From:"
    line, for news postings. It does not allow this for email, but that's

    Just remembered, Agent only does single news servers, but you can set
    up multiple copies to check more than one server.

    My other favorite thing about Agent is that almost all commands are a
    single keystroke. You never have to use the mouse, in my experience,
    except maybe for copying text.

    I don't use it for binaries or other attachments, maybe that's some
    advantage that NewsRover offers.
    Steve M (remove wax for reply), Sep 22, 2003
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