The Rotary Club of New York
The speaker at our next meeting on October 8th is J. J. Goldberg, the Editor in Chief of The Jewish Forward, the national Jewish newsweekly published in association with the legendary Yiddish Daily Forward (in Yiddish). Donít worry! Mr. Goldberg will speak to us in English. You can read more about J. J. Goldberg in the latest Bulletin on our website at www.nyrotary.org/Bulletin/bulletin100802.pdf.
Susanne Sebert has written Reporter of the Week in the Bulletin with an informative account of the last meeting. Susanne has been a member since 1999. She is Director of External Relations at AFS Intercultural Programs, Inc. and her classification is International Education Exchange.
Also during Fellowship Day, Lillian Coury conducted an open discussion forum to address membership concerns, and how the New York City Rotary Club can attract and retain new members. Lilian sent me the following message in follow-up to this forum:
Dear Fellow Rotarians:
I'd like to personally thank you for your active and thoughtful participation in our discussion forum regarding our club and its membership. I know we now have a great deal of direction in building upon your comments, and incorporating them into our new brochures. Our greatest asset is our members, and every thought will be considered and included in our development plans. I continue to welcome further discussion and ideas, as well as your willingness to serve. And I'll keep you informed as to our progress.
Co-Chair, Membership Division
The Board of Directors has approved as new members Francesco Fadda and Vittorio Ansuini. Francescoís suggested classification is Marketing/Publishing and Vittorioís suggested classification is Restaurateur - North Italian. Welcome to our legendary club! You can read more about our new members in the Bulletin.
Donít forget that President Silvio Amori and President Elect Greg Lynch invite us to an Office Housewarming Party in our new office on Tuesday October 8th at 5:30-7:30PM. They will treat us to wine and cheese (offered by them). It is a great opportunity to see our new office and to experience camaraderie and fellowship after office hours. Our new office is located at 322 Eighth Avenue (at 26th Street), Suite 1701, New York, NY 10001, tel: 212-633-1311. You can read more about it on our website at www.nyrotary.org/Bulletin/office_house_warming_party.pdf.
The International Service Division will have their next Breakfast Meeting on Wednesday October 16th. You can read more about it on our website at www.nyrotary.org/int_service_div/int_service_div.html.
Computer viruses are becoming more and more aggressive over the Internet. The latest is the new Bugbear virus. I recently received the following information about Bugbear, written by Matthew Broersma and sent to me by Rotary History Chairman Jack Selway. I have included this information because it is important for everybody to know about the Bugbear virus:
Bugbear spreading--worse than Klez
By Matthew Broersma
October 3, 2002, 12:31 PM PT
The Bugbear worm is shaping up into the most serious Internet threat in months, according to security researchers, as it surpassed the lingering Klez.H to become the fastest-spreading virus of the moment. Antivirus company Symantec on Wednesday upgraded the virus to a danger rating of "4" out of a possible "5".
The rise of Bugbear to the top of the virus charts is partly due to the speed at which it is spreading, but also in part to an unexpected effect that it is having.
E-mail and security service provider MessageLabs intercepted more than 21,000 copies of the virus on Thursday, compared with nearly 6,000 copies of Klez.H, which has topped the virus charts sporadically since February. This is partly because of Bugbear's rapid rise, but MessageLabs said that in addition Klez activity has suddenly dropped to about a quarter of its usual levels.
"With all the publicity around Bugbear, people are finally getting around to updating their antivirus software, so Klez is suddenly falling," MessageLabs chief technical officer Mark Sunner told ZDNet UK. "Klez has been going forever and ever, and now it's been killed off."
Meanwhile, the company predicted that Bugbear has probably not peaked yet.
Threat of second-wave attacks
Sunner said that the virus' growing presence poses a new threat. Since Bugbear leaves a backdoor program on infected machines, there could now be thousands of computers around the world susceptible to further attacks. "All a hacker has to do is point a browser at that machine and they can get at everything on the hard disk," Sunner said. "Because Bugbear has received so much publicity, all the hackers will be riding onto this. There is a plethora of machines up for grabs."
Such vulnerable machines can be used, for example, to overwhelm a company's servers in what is called a distributed denial-of-service attack.
Known technically as W32.Bugbear or I-Worm.Tanatos, experts now believe the virus to be a modified version of the earlier Badtrans worm. Besides installing the backdoor, the worm disables various antivirus measures and any personal firewall that might be present, and installs a program for recording keystrokes--which can log any passwords the user types in. It scours the computer for email addresses, to which it sends infected messages via its own email engine. The virus only affects Windows machines.
A flaw in MIME (the multipurpose Internet mail extensions) lets a malicious program attached to an email message execute when the text of the message appears in Outlook. The software problem was patched by Microsoft almost 18 months ago, but some users apparently have not updated their computers.
However, even with the patch, if a user clicks on the attachment he can still be infected.
Clever social engineering
One of the factors that has made Bugbear spread so quickly is the way it disguises infected messages. Besides the common method of sending a message with a randomly-selected heading and "From" field, the virus can also create a message as a reply or forward of an existing message.
"If you're receiving an old email from someone who you know, it's confusing, and you're likely to click on the attachment to find out what's going on," said Sunner. "It's a good social engineering trick."
The worm began infecting computers on Sunday, originating in the Asia-Pacific region, according to MessageLabs. That area is still its biggest concentration, and because the company has fewer customers in the region, there are probably many more uncounted viruses.
Security experts say that the biggest factor in the continuing danger from Bugbear, Klez.H and other worms is that users aren't bothering to update their virus protection--and this is particularly true of home users.
Antivirus companies recommend that users download Microsoft's Outlook patch, update their antivirus programs and avoid clicking on mysterious attachments unless the sender confirms it is safe.
Eugene Kaspersky, head of Kaspersky Labs, recommends updating antivirus software weekly or daily, treating any email attachments with suspicion and paying attention to warnings from antivirus companies. "If you follow these rules, you will be 90 percent protected," he said in a recent interview with ZDNet UK.
Donít forget to reserve your table for our next meeting. You can do so via e-mail to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Andreas or Ana at 212-633-1311. You can also fax in the RSVP form, which you can download at www.nyrotary.org/Bulletin/rsvp100802.pdf. Our fax number is 212-633-1954. Princeton Clubís culinary staff will serve us Salmon during our next meeting.
I recommend that you visit our New York Rotary website every week at www.NYRotary.org.
Enjoy the Fellowship of Rotary!
Internet Communication Officer
The Rotary Club of New York
Rotaryís Global History
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2. Rotaryís Global History at www.rotaryhistory.org
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5. Matts Ingemanson, Helen Reisler and Jim Thompson from the New York Rotary Club were interviewed on Rotary Radio Tuesday July 9, 2002.
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