From the ‘It Was Bound To Happen’ department: Symantec
reports that a new virus is making the rounds that deletes all files on the infected PC:
The malware targets Windows computers, and arrives in an email bearing the subject “Re” and an attachment that will have an .asp, .hta, .htm, .htt, .html, .vbe or .vbs extension. Upon infection, the virus uses Microsoft Outlook to send itself to everyone in the Microsoft Outlook Address Book. “If the day is the 6th, 13th, 21st, or 28th, the worm will delete all the files from the computer,” Symantec reports. Despite its nasty payload, SANS notes that VBS.Pub “doesn’t possess any earth-shattering characteristics to make it a significant propagation threat.”
If this one did propogate widely, it would be regrettable, but it would at least help solve the problem of old, unpatched, unprotected Windows boxes that act as virus sponges.
Now let’s wait for the first “doesn’t happen on a Mac” comment. ;-)