A virus called “Here You Have” (from the subject line of the pesky e-mail) is quickly turning into a global malware attack. This straightforward yet poorly worded e-mail is doing a great job at enticing users to click the malicious link contained inside. Servers at ABC, NASA, Comcast, Google and possibly US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) were all affected. This Here You Have virus shows us exactly why we need an entirely new approach to malware defense—read McAfee’s findings here.
If the name of the virus sounds familiar, it’s because it is. The Anna Kournikova virus of 2001 used an identical subject line and compromised a massive amount of machines worldwide. Now in 2010, the same type of attack that was so effective in 2001 is wreaking the same havoc on computer users globally. Aren’t we past this?
Here You Have, a Trojan horse and sometimes called VBMania, arrives innocently enough in your e-mail inbox with the subject line “here you have,” reports Fox News. In the body of the email, a suggestive phrase such as “This is The Document I told you about, you can find it Here” or “This is The Free Download Sex Movies, you can find it Here,” lures the user right to the link out of sheer curiosity. Once the user clicks on the link, the virus goes into their address book and spams the virus to everyone in it.
To protect yourself and your contacts against this type of threat, do not click on any links unknown to you and be very wary of suspicious emails.
Better safe than sorry!