We received the following email message yesterday at the Help Desk
from an employee at our parent company in Japan
have detected a virusu(WORM_BADTRANS.B) in my traffic on
9th January 23:58 with my personal computer at my home.
And I scanned my computer using anti-virus vaccine(Norton)
It might be happen virus was send to you using my home/
mobile address to addressee listed
in my address book.
Please keep in mind to detect such mal virus.
Now my computer system is alive.
Maybe I've watched too much anime
, but I got a definite chill
as I read that last part. Ordinarily, BADTRANS itself would be nothing to worry about; it's an old virus
and our protective software was updated with its pattern long ago. It couldn't...it shouldn't
...get into our network.
And yet. "Now my computer system is alive."
I find myself wondering what the fate of the man who sent us that urgent, garbled transmission was. Death? Or is he even now in communion with a new life form, a meeting that will herald a new era for mankind?
Until I know for certain, I will keep his exhortation toward increased vigilance to heart. Yes, my friend, I will "keep in mind to detect such mal virus." And may God help us all.