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(Snopes)   Snopes gives the lowdown on the Bugbear virus   ( divider line
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9935 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Oct 2002 at 2:36 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-10-06 11:14:29 AM  
A legit virus I was made aware of for once.
2002-10-06 02:39:32 PM  
Es ist eine Falle!
2002-10-06 02:41:15 PM  
wtf. how is this even remotely interesting?
2002-10-06 02:44:07 PM  
Snopes is a pretty good source of urban legends on account of the extensive research that they do on each one and that they are not quick to say something's true without very conclusive evidence, as reflected by the fact that so few of the urban legends on the site they claim to be true.
2002-10-06 02:44:26 PM  
I'm glad for this webpage's in-depth analysis of the problem, its origin, etc.

2002-10-06 02:45:41 PM  
GIS for "bugbear":

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run for your lives...
2002-10-06 02:46:27 PM  
Why don't the antivirus people tell the world the real problem? i.e., Windows is about as secure as a $2 whore's underwear and there are huge amounts of clueless Windows users.
2002-10-06 02:48:16 PM  
I wonder if this is the one I began recieving at work last week?. Each day I get an email with a different subject and an "install.exe" file (usually around 200k) along with an html file culled from the infected computer's cache. I'm recieving these on a Mac so I just throw them out, but it's beginning to get annoying. I opened one of the html files up and recognized it as part of one of our client's web pages. I should probably alert him. I know he runs his own server so he might have a bug. Anyone know which virus this could be?
2002-10-06 02:50:43 PM  
Hehehe Windows viruses.
2002-10-06 02:52:46 PM  
mac users don't give a shiat about your little computer viruses
2002-10-06 02:53:49 PM  
"Why don't the antivirus people tell the world the real problem?"

Because they'd be out of a job then, right?

They've gotta love viruswriters.
2002-10-06 02:55:19 PM  
Linux users don't give a shiat about your little computer viruses too!
2002-10-06 02:56:59 PM  
I opened an e-mail last week that contained a white, powdery substance. I thought maybe it was anthrax. But upon closer inspection, I just need to clean my keyboard.
2002-10-06 03:08:26 PM  
2002-10-06 03:11:14 PM  
We PC users don't give a shiat about you Mac junkies, and the whole computer industry doesn't seem to, either. :P
2002-10-06 03:15:41 PM  
If more people had Macs and Linux, the virus writers would start hitting those with viruses also...those virus writers are out to hit the "maximum audience", and the "maximum audience" is currently Windows PC users...
2002-10-06 03:18:19 PM  
You want security?

Use VMS, you poopeaters.
2002-10-06 03:27:03 PM  
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2002-10-06 03:29:26 PM  
If you want the conveniance of Windows and the security of Linux, just run a linux computer as a hardware firewall (you can get low power computers pretty cheap. it doens't have to be a pentium 4 or anything). Oh yeah, and don't use Outlook, or at least turn off the preview pane, and block questionable attachments (XP does this automatically), and turn off macro execution (XP also does this automatically).
2002-10-06 03:56:38 PM  
Hmm, I think I got one of these just a few minutes ago. Pine just displayed "Cannot display this part. Press 'V' then 'S' to save it to a file so you can fark up your computer beyond repair. Oh wait, you're running linux. In that case you can examine the little farker at your leisure. Or just press 'D' to delete this message."

I pressed 'D'.
2002-10-06 04:02:50 PM  
Virus name: Bugbear (also known as W32/Bugbear@MM).
Status: Real.
It replicates itself by sending out e-mail to addresses harvested from infected systems using subject lines such as the following:

25 merchants and rising
49 accredited degrees from various New Delhi universities
bad news
beer me
click on this, biatch!
Correctional of errors
Daily Email Reminder
empty account
free shipping!
Get 8 FREE issues - risk!
Get a FREE beer!
Greetings, and salutations.
history channel
I need help about stupidity!!!
its not easy...
Just a reminder
Lost & Lost
Market Update Report
MEMBERship Confirmation, uh huh huh
My eBay crap
New tango in your cash account
Newd Contests
new reading
Payment notices
Please Help...
Re: $150,000,000,000,000,000 FREE Bonus!
SCAM alert!!!
Sponsors needed
Today Only
Tool update
You Gift
Your Trap Alert

A Bugbear removal tool can be obtained from Symantec's web site.
2002-10-06 04:04:58 PM  
Weaps, I use pine too. it rules! viruses are obviously noted.
2002-10-06 04:18:50 PM  
albertxxxx - anybody who can write a good mac virus - there are hundreds of companies that would hire them in a minute as an application programmer. you can write a windoze virus after you've graduated from the forth grade.
2002-10-06 04:24:29 PM  
Yet another reason why web-based e-mail is better than POP3 e-mail. And another reason why Eudora is better than Outlook Express. And another reason why Microsoft sucks hard.
2002-10-06 08:04:02 PM  
i don't know acronym....

You might want to be able to spell before you graduate the fourth grade.
2002-10-06 09:53:29 PM  
Nunchaku_nc: Damn, beat me to it. :(

I realize many mac users are retarded or were drunk/high when they made their purchase, but you have to realize one thing; If Macs were the dominant personal computer, or even somewhat close to a being mildly popular, virus writers might actually target them and we'd all have to dodge shiat from all the flying pigs.
2002-10-06 10:34:08 PM  
Asmor, et al.:

Read this.

If you look at the actual share of personal computers in use around the world, 11.6 percent of them are macs. That equates to 32 million computers around the world- certainly enought computers to bother writing a virus for. This also makes Apple the number one computer brand in the world.

This number, compared to the market share of Macs being sold, also speaks very well for their longevity.
2002-10-07 01:35:18 AM  
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GIS for "bugbear"
2002-10-07 02:33:17 AM  
thanky Uncle Steve!

actually if it were Macs gettin hit all the time, Uncle Steve would fly out to the writers house in the .jet, and drag the writer outta his .hole and .bust a .cap in his .head, then up the
2002-10-07 03:13:51 AM  
If more people had Macs and Linux, the virus writers would start hitting those with viruses also...those virus writers are out to hit the "maximum audience", and the "maximum audience" is currently Windows PC users...

True, but UNIX (Linux is a copy of UNIX), at least, has some built-in security measures that make catching and spreading viruses more difficult. Of course, Linux viruses are possible, but it would be a lot harder to do, even if Linux were as popular as Windows.

I don't want to get into a Mac v. Windows v. Linux debate, but Microsoft has been pretty apathetic about computer security, and this is the result. They're a bit better now than they used to be, but there is so much of their old software out there that these viruses will be around for years to come.
2002-10-07 04:13:30 AM  

Read this.

This link clearly proves that so called "white supremacists" are actually level headed individuals who have seen the truth, that the numbers of caucasians are dwindling and that if something isn't done soon there will be no white people left.

If you like, I can probably find a link proving the existence of Santa Claus, as well.
2002-10-07 07:30:38 AM  
Nunchaku_nc: fark yo
2002-10-07 08:04:48 AM  
This also makes Apple the number one computer brand in the world. when they start writing hardware viruses Apple will be screwed! YEA!!!

Now, for operating systems, what market share does crApple have again?
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