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Notification emails cause virus-like chaos

Security experts are urging administrators to turn off a feature on antivirus applications that causes almost as much chaos as a virus. A common antivirus feature that automatically replies to emails infected with a virus to inform the sender that they are infected is obsolete and should be disabled because it creates almost as much trouble as the virus itself, according to security experts. When an antivirus application detects malware in an email, such as the recent MyDoom worm, it can automatically reply to the sender of that message to inform them that they have been infected. However, virtually all modern email viruses disguise the original sender’s address by spoofing the “to” field with a stolen, but valid, email address. This means users receive emails telling them they are infected when they are not, resulting in significant quantities of unnecessary traffic. Full Story

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