SoBig virus variant rapidly inflecting Windows machines; Macintosh unaffected

“Welcome to the summer of the worm,” writes Dennis Fisher for eWeek. “Hard on the heels of the Blaster worm outbreak, yet another version of the resilient and ever-popular SoBig virus began spreading rapidly on the Internet Tuesday morning. Known as SoBig.F, the new variant behaves much like its older siblings, infecting Windows machines via e-mail and sending out dozens of copies of itself.”

Fisher reports, “The variant began spreading early Tuesday Eastern time, and by 9 a.m. Tuesday, MessageLabs Inc. had stopped more than 10,000 copies. The virus size is approximately 73 KB, and the attachment that actually contains the malicious code can carry any one of a number of names, according to iDefense Inc., a security company based in Reston, Va… SoBig.F installs a copy of itself in the Windows registry, in a file named ‘winppr32.exe.'”

Full article here.


  1. We know already…none of these viruses affect the Mac, that’s another reason why I bought one. How about more stories that actually DO affect Macs since this is a Mac news site…enough about Windows….

  2. I, too, have been slowly seduced and sucked into the Enquirer-like hole of cheap gossip and grade-school-like bashing that emulate real news and information. I am really getting tired of the Microsoft bashing at MacDailyNews [“news”?]. It’s very cheap and outright childish. Not that I like M$, I don’t. But, I come here for Mac NEWS. With all of the latest releases by Apple and other manufacturers, I’d like to see more info on Mac support and news rather than Mac gossip and Microsoft bashing!!

    A few years back, this was oneof the best places for solid news and intelligent comments. Does anyone know of a website that has more serious Macs NEWS and INFO content? I’d rather wade through obnoxious advertising than crap journalism.

    [Let’s see how fast this post vanishes!]

  3. 1. These viruses and worms affect Mac users because this sheet bogs down the ‘Net.
    2. It’s August (The Dog Days of – no less) – there IS NO Mac news.
    3. If more news outlets pointed out that Macs are unaffected, clearly in the headlines, maybe more than 5-10% would be using Macs?
    4. Aryugaetu, please remove the stick up your arse.
    5. For the Windows users wavering, this is but one more reason to open your eyes and step into the light!

  4. Many people do not realize that Macs are unaffected. Or even want to believe it. This sort of story and headline helps get the info out and provdes me a link that I can email to interested parties. Thanks.

  5. I love the Wintel bashing. For those of you who don’t like it, just pass on the article. That’s what I do when I see something I’m not interested in.

  6. Keep the Windows virus/worm info and Microsoft bashing coming! I post links to such stories on bulletin boards all the time as a way of stating my case for the Mac. Most computer users are utterly blind to these things.

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