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Viruses, and other geekery

In which we still have no satellite internet, and encounter a virus


Quite a few people, recently, have come to this site looking for information on Aramiska, the European satellite ISP which apparently collapsed last week. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be any information, anywhere. The company promised to release a statement on January 30th; it never appeared. Their disappearance is still a mystery.

Moving on, this email came in to one of our work addresses yesterday:

I noticed whilst browsing your site that there were problems with some of your links, when I tried again with Internet Explorer the problems were not there so I assume that they were caused by me using the Mozilla browser.

Very nice and helpful, you might think.* However, if you read on, you might get a little more suspicious…

I have enclosed a screen capture of the problem so your team can get it fixed if you deem it an issue.

Hah. If you’re not suspicious yet, you probably shouldn’t be allowed near the internet. If you look a little closer, the attachment is a .scr file – which could, I suppose, look like “screenshot” to the non-technical. If you try to open it,** then: congratulations, you have a virus, one known as W32/Brepibot. Well done.

I thought I’d mention it here, because it’s the most believable virus-spreading email I’ve come across; and I’m someone who is used to all this. To someone who is less cynical than me, it looks entirely believable. So watch out. And, even people like me can be infected by viruses. In fact, like lots of other blogs, this site has been infected by one itself.

Blog.Worm

However, this virus is cute, green, and slightly silly.***

* As our work website was designed by an apparently-clueless PR chap with no previous knowledge of website design at all, it is also entirely believable.

** and you’re using a Windows computer, and don’t have up-to-date virus protection

*** Although it has been pointed out that this virus could potentially be a genuine security risk. Especially if you still use Internet Explorer and your computer isn’t completely up to date. It isn’t actually dangerous, at all as far as I can tell, but you still need to be wary when it comes to things like this.

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3 comments on “Viruses, and other geekery”

  1. Somewhat says:

    Aramiska have apparently gone into receivership – Mr Muchly works for their closest competitor, so if you need an alternative, let me know ;-)

  2. vee says:

    See!? See! I am not the only person getting paranoid about this virus being potentially dangerous.

  3. Forest Pines says:

    Thank you Somewhat – we already had an ADSL line to complement the satellite, and I think any Aramiska replacement will be a second ADSL line; but if we do go back to satellite I’ll be in touch.

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