Disclaimer: This news item was originally posted on Wednesday, Mar 3, 2004. Its content may no longer be timely or accurate.

Due to the Beagle virus, WiscMail to filter and delete .zip files

Posted: 00:18:44, Wednesday, Mar 3, 2004   Expiration: 19:00:00, Thursday, Mar 11, 2004

Due to the Beagle virus, the WiscMail sysem is filtering and deleting all encrypted .zip files that attempt to pass through the WiscMail servers. The encrypted .zip files will be deleted, but the email will still be sent to the intended recipient.

The email will include a .txt version of the .zip file, and a note that says, 

" Encrypted Zip attachment removed due to recent virus outbreaks."

Information about the "W32.Beagle.J@mm" worm virus.

This new virus called "W32.Beagle.J@mm" is now in the wild. This virus spreads using the email addresses (administration, support, staff, noreply or management@wisc.edu), with varying subjects and email bodies, all which try to trick the user into opening the attachment. Do NOT open the virus Attachment. This is an email virus NOT from the UW Email administrators, and the message should be deleted.

The WiscMail system has filters in place for the new virus. In addition, we are aware that most anti-virus software packages have updated signatures that identify this new virus.

Campus computer users should make sure that they have anti-virus software installed on their desktop computers as well as current virus signatures. Those who need anti-virus software can download it at no charge from DoIT at:


or pick up a CDROM from the DoIT help desk.

Additional information on this virus including removal instructions can be found at:


Those who need additional assistance can contact the DoIT Help Desk (264-HELP).

-- http://www.doit.wisc.edu/news/story.asp?filename=267

Created: 00:18:44, Wednesday, Mar 3, 2004 (by Chris G.)
Updated: 08:10:21, Friday, Mar 5, 2004 (by Chris G.)