Klez attack May 13, 2002 3:29 PM   Subscribe

Uh...who the *expletive* is jeff_cook(at)nai.com, and why the *expletive* is he spamming me, and presumably others, with a screenshot of the MeFi donation thanks page?
posted by Su to Etiquette/Policy at 3:29 PM (17 comments total)

I dunno, but he's a fan of backyard ponds and decompiling java byte code.
posted by malphigian at 3:35 PM on May 13, 2002


Su, can you post the email somewhere with full headers? What does it say? Is it a virus, or is he an idiot?
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:30 PM on May 13, 2002


Sounds like a virus. I've been getting some random gifs in with the rest of the virus-generated mail.
posted by rodii at 4:38 PM on May 13, 2002


Matt: I'm emailing you the header info. The "attachment" seems to just be a link to the donation page. I can't find it in my attachments directory.

Rodii: I'm not so sure. I'm pretty secure with my e-mail addresses, and have received almost no spam/virusmail at all in two years. The e-mail address it was sent to is the one on my user screen, which I never use for personal communication, and only appears a very few places.
posted by Su at 6:41 PM on May 13, 2002


Oh, as for content, there isn't any. It's just the donation page. The message is titled "Their original authors."

Also just noticed that the attached page is dated May 7, strangely.
posted by Su at 6:45 PM on May 13, 2002


I've been getting weird web pages via e-mail that are tangentially related to me for the past two weeks, such as pages from the HTML version of my books. I think they are being delivered by Klez or one of the other e-mail viruses currently in full bloom.
posted by rcade at 8:45 PM on May 13, 2002


Isn't there a virus going around that sends a random attachment from the user's inbox to everyone in their address book, or something like that? (I've only heard a vague rumour, so I should probably keep my mouth shut, but it sounds familiar.)
posted by D at 8:46 PM on May 13, 2002


Yeah these viruses create some weird synchronicities. I read about a guy who was emailed an obscure DOS program he wrote in the 80's.
posted by skallas at 9:46 PM on May 13, 2002


I think it's a new virus, that scans a user's browser cache, skimming emails where it can, then mailing out from outlook express.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:54 PM on May 13, 2002


The message is titled "Their original authors."

This has that klez-ian, post-I Love You ring. I got a whole series of poems a woman was writing to her boyfriend a while back, under some title like "That file you requested." It's kind of like random push (good band name, that).
posted by rodii at 9:56 PM on May 13, 2002


Sounds like klez alright.
posted by Lynsey at 11:00 PM on May 13, 2002


I'm a little concerned -- I've been getting messages "bounced" that I never sent (from my damn yahoo.com account).

Anyone else experiencing this?
posted by gohlkus at 11:39 AM on May 14, 2002


Oops, just read the link Lynsey posted, and yeah, that's most likely it.

So, I can't do anything about it, can I?
posted by gohlkus at 11:43 AM on May 14, 2002


How come no one has made the point about the delicious irony of someone at Network Associates getting the Klez virus?
posted by machaus at 12:29 PM on May 14, 2002


My mother is getting klez-ed to death right now. Some of her elderly email correspondents refuse to acknowledge that they need any silly antivirus, there's nothing wrong with their computers, they're not seeing anything! It is so like an STD - person who passes it around may not know they have it but all their *ahem* contacts get it. Hmm, klez, the new social disease.
posted by Lynsey at 2:26 PM on May 14, 2002


My mother is getting klez-ed to death right now. Some of her elderly email correspondents refuse to acknowledge that they need any silly antivirus, there's nothing wrong with their computers, they're not seeing anything! It is so like an STD - person who passes it around may not know they have it but all their *ahem* contacts get it. Hmm, klez, the new social disease.
posted by Lynsey at 2:32 PM on May 14, 2002


Fake bounces-yes seen a few. and my spam rate has trebled in recent days to maybe 7-8 a day at my home address. SpamAssassin keeps sounding better and better.
posted by NortonDC at 4:34 PM on May 14, 2002


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