*HCS* Virus Voyeurism

Marshall D. Perrin mperrin at hcs.harvard.edu
Fri Aug 3 14:59:59 EDT 2001

On Thu, 2 Aug 2001, Paul A. Gusmorino 3rd wrote:
> and scroll past the binary junk, you'll get to the content of the person's
> file.  So far today I've received someone named Angela Vlahadamis's private
> business correspondence and a student's outline for a paper about the
> Spanish Inquisition.  If only I had known earlier, I could have peered into
> more than a dozen other people's private lives... ;-)
> The worm grabs not only email addresses from the victim's address book, but
> also from their IE cache, so if the user recently visited a web site with
> your email address on it, you'll get an email, too, so these people are
> often total strangers.
> Anyway I thought this was interesting because it raises really complicated
> issues about information and privacy on the Internet...

It gets even more fun. Apparently an FBI agent managed to get his laptop
infected, with the result that it started mailing classified documents
to random email addresses. Um, oops. It's briefly mentioned in one of
the more recent RISKS digest issues.

 - Marshall

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