[Central] Fwd: Worm Threat: Immediate Action Required

pcrandal@sbcglobal.net pcrandal at sbcglobal.net
Tue May 4 11:41:39 PDT 2004

SBC Internet Services <bulkmailer at prodigy.net> wrote:Date: Mon, 03 May 2004 13:53:05 -0400
From: "SBC Internet Services " 
Subject: Worm Threat: Immediate Action Required

To: "SBC Internet Services Members" 

Dear SBC Internet Services Member: 

This is an extremely important update to an e-mail SBC sent you 04/30/04 or 05/01/04. It is extremely important you read this message and take immediate action if you are using Windows NT, 2000, 2003 or XP. 

In addition to a computer worm referred to as Gaobot or Agobot, that is currently infecting computers across the Internet, there is now another computer worm, known as Sasser, that is spreading across the Internet, exploiting the same apparent security vulnerability in these Microsoft Windows operating systems.
In response, we strongly urge you to immediately take the following security measures: 
1) Use a personal software or hardware firewall to protect your computers from network worms and intruders.
2) Download and install all available critical patches for your Windows operating system from the Microsoft web site: http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/
3) Use up-to-date anti-virus software to detect and remove Gaobot and Sasser or other computer worms and viruses.

It is extremely important you take these measures now because it’s likely you will not be able to take these measures if your computer becomes infected.

If you have more than one computer using these specific Windows operating systems, you should perform these actions on all such computers that connect to the Internet. Failure to take appropriate action could result in infection of your system, slow browsing or the inability to connect to the Internet and spread of this problem - and could lead to suspension of your account.

Because computer worms do not spread by email, you may have little or no warning before your computers are infected. 

Users whose computers are infected with Sasser should follow the worm removal instructions at: http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/sasser.asp, 
or if infected with Gaobot, follow the worm removal instructions at: http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.gaobot.removal.tool.html. 

If you are unable to connect to the Windows Update or Anti-Virus web sites, in order to download the removal tools or the patches for Windows and your anti-virus software, please contact Microsoft at 866-PCSAFETY or 866-727-2338.

SBC Yahoo! members can access additional information about SBC Yahoo! security features, including free anti-virus and personal firewall, at http://help.sbcglobal.net/. Further information is available at http://www.microsoft.com/security/protect/.

Thank you, 

SBC Internet Services

About SBC Internet Services Security Alerts

SBC Internet Services sends notices about security updates after we publish information about them on our website. If you are ever in doubt about the authenticity of an email claiming to be an SBC Internet Services Security Alert, check http://help.sbcglobal.net/ to confirm if the Alert is listed. Go to the Alert section in the left hand column of the home page and look under the bullet which references this email. 

"In all life one should comfort the afflicted, but verily, also, one should 
afflict the comfortable, and especially when they are comfortably, 
contentedly, even happily wrong." 
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