New computer virus set to hit Tuesday
RAY LANE / KING 5 News
Microsoft is going so far to call this latest worm a criminal attack.
"The Department of Homeland Security also issued its first ever official alert as part of their new cyber alert system that they have so there's no question that this is a serious thing," said Microsoft spokesman Lou Gellos.
The MyDoom.B virus begins as a seemingly innocent e-mail that looks like an error message. It might even appear to come from someone you know.
It then opens an electronic back door on your computer, allowing a hacker to return over the Internet later on to steal your personal information.
"It's a little bit like somebody breaking into the front door of your house. You come in seeing that your front door lock has been open, but you don't notice that the person on the way out left a window open in the basement, allowing them to come back a week later without you realizing it," said Stephen Trilling of Symantec Corp.
The MyDoom.B virus is designed to target Microsoft's Web site, potentially flooding it with messages.
Microsoft says it's ready, though the company will not say what precautions are being taken behind the scenes.
This virus has already attacked and caused big problems for a computer company based in Utah.
The best advice to protect your system: Do not open attachments that
you're uncertain of, and update your anti-virus software.
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