View Full Version : Swen/Gibe Virus

10-06-2003, 08:04 AM
I've talked to Microsoft and done some research. Unfortunately, everything I have been able to find is focused at PCs and Microsoft Outlook. I'm at wits end.

I've not opened any of the attachments that come with the gazillion emails I am getting, however, I was informed that some of them self open. Here is the problem.

Mac OS 9.2.2
OE 5.0.6

Last week I began receiving 40-60 emails per day from various "Microsoft" sources. Almost all have attachments and are split pretty much in half as to their content. Some talk about a security patch and the other half are undeliverable mail notices. You can't reply back to the sent from address as they bounce back. Tried sending notes to administrator@whatever the address was. They didn't bounce back, but nothing was fixed either.

These emails take a very long time to all download and then I have to take the time to sort through them to delete these emails from my regular ones. After speaking with Microsoft and doing some research, as mentioned earlier, I found out that this is a result of something called the Swen/Gibe virus.

I desperately want to "stop the madness". Does anyone know a way to repair this virus on a mac???

10-06-2003, 08:37 AM
not familiar with it. Do you filter messages to NOT download messages that are > 30k or something? You can still download if you want, or delete.

Do you have NAV7 or whatever is the latest? You don't say, but would assume you do if you are concerned. The NAV9 helps stop email virui, even those that don't affect or run on the Mac by not forwarding. I don't know of any that affect OS X, which might be one reason to upgade at some point.

If they are .exe or Windows executable, they won't run unless you have VPC running. What type of extensions do they show?

Don't use Outlook or disable html and scripting.

MacInTouch tends to keep up and alert about any trojan horses, WORMs or viruses and CERT bulletins about security alerts. And in the Networking & Security Forum, I try to post any info that pertains to Macs.

10-06-2003, 12:48 PM
This might (http://www.sophos.com/virusinfo/analyses/w32gibef.html) help.

10-06-2003, 12:53 PM
This can't hurt. (http://www.valley.net/software/disinfect.html)

10-06-2003, 12:57 PM
Google search results. (http://www.google.com/search?q=Swen+Gibe+Virus%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A%0A+&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8)

10-06-2003, 01:07 PM
Better detail. (http://lists.netsys.com/pipermail/full-disclosure/2003-September/010529.html)