Yet another e-mail virus was sent last week, overwhelming email boxes and severely disrupting offices around the world. Baffled, frustrated and ultimately helpless employees watched their inboxes fill with e-mails with “Here you have” in the subject line.
The attached file looked like a PDF file, but in fact was a malicious screensaver file that, when opened, interferes with security software on Windows-based computers and spreads the message to everyone in the e-mail address book. This kind of virus is particularly malicious because it is designed to disrupt systems and gather sensitive data.
Some workers were forced to go without e-mail altogether, as the flood of spam put their services out of commission. Organizations such as NASA, Comcast, AIG, Disney, Proctor & Gamble, Florida Department of Transportation, Wells Fargo and more appear to have sent out hundreds of thousands, if not millions of e-mails without their own knowledge.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: make sure you have the right security software installed and the right IT team ready in case something unexpected happens. And be sure to keep our contact info handy just in case; you’ll be glad you did.