ALERT! Beware of New Virus Email

A bogus email message claiming to be from "Ucdavis Security Department" threatens to suspend the recipient's account for security reasons. The message includes a link to download a file that will initiate a Mytob virus variant and establish an IRC backdoor on the newly infected computer.

Recipients are strongly advised to ignore this message. UC Davis does not ask email account holders to confirm email addresses.

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The following is a sample of this message:

Dear Valued Member,

According to our terms of services, you will have to confirm your e-mail by the following link, or your account will be suspended within 24 hours for security reasons.

After following the instructions in the sheet, your account will not be interrupted and will continue as normal.

Thanks for your attention to this request. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Sincerely, Ucdavis Security Department.