KUA.net Stops “Goner” Virus

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 5, 3:15 pm — Thanks to KUA.net’s real-time virus scanning service, 4,600 residential and business customers in Central Florida have been spared the new W32/Goner@MM virus.

This high-risk virus is spread via Microsoft Outlook and can also be spread via the ICQ network. It is a mass mailing worm that attempts to send itself to all entries in the Outlook address book. The virus began circulating on Tuesday afternoon. KUA.net’s virus tracking system stopped 241 infected e-mail messages on Tuesday and 110 by 3:30 pm today.

The virus will arrive with the following e-mail message:

Subject: Hi

Body: How are you?

When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought about you

I am in a harry, I promise you will love it!

Attachment: GONE.SCR

KUA.net was the first internet service provider in Florida to provide real-time virus scanning on all inbound and outbound e-mail.

KUA.net’s technical support personnel are available 24 hours a day to answer member questions about the virus: (407) 933-7777 (Osceola county), (407) 523-SURF (Orange & Seminole counties) or toll free statewide at (877) 582-7700.

KUA.net is a division of the Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida‘s 7th largest community-owned utility serving 53,000 electric, water and Internet customers in four Central Florida counties. KUA is celebrating its 100th year of serving the community in 2001.

Contact: Chris Gent, Manager of Corporate Communications
(407) 933-7777 ext. 1116
cgent@kua.com