Feeds

IT majors address viruses in email – to us

The Register's viruses received per day count soars...

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Although the virus threat is omnipresent, The Register is fortunate enough to have a sufficiently IT-savvy readership for it not to be much of a problem. Not.

The site's corporate deflector shields have recently identified a regrettable Melissa-style outbreak of 'thanks for your email, I'll attend it immediately, in the meantime please look at these files' among the subscribers to our daily update service.

Don't worry folks, you won't get it if you subscribe --it's just us who risk getting it from our subscribers. Thanks, people. The latest mail drop gleaned us a stack of viruses in zip files, suspicious first of all because the messages were addressed to our automated email account, which doesn't ordinarily have warm relationships with many real people, and second because these 'pals' of ours were addressing us as "Hi The!"

Nice to know The Register Daily Update is on first name terms with so many influential people. We've mailed the people at AMD, Compaq, 1stSilicon and a few lesser outfits alerting them to their viral state, and we were dead impressed to get a message straight back from one of them saying: "I'll get right on it... in the meantime, please look at these files."

If you're called Bob, you work for AMD, and you get The Register Daily Update, we think it would be a good idea for you to have a look at your system. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots
We know what the Doctor does, stop going on about it already
'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts
UK government: 'Taking a stand against a baying cyber-mob'
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.