The new anti-virus feature in mail.msu.edu has already found
and blocked a number of virus-laden messages. Here's a
breakdown as of 12:30 pm on December 17 (approx. 8 hours):
Just to clarify how the new anti-virus feature works: mail coming
into mail.msu.edu is scanned for viruses. When a virus is detected,
the sender's e-mail service is notified that delivery has been
If you send mail through mail.msu.edu using an e-mail client
such as Eudora or Outlook, each message will be scanned for
viruses. Viruses such as Sobig that try to send through
mail.msu.edu will also face virus detection and blocking.
However, if you are using the Webmail client for mail.msu.edu
to send mail, that mail will not be scanned for viruses due
to the current architecture of the system. The mail team is
looking into adding scanning to outbound Webmail messages.
Based on the numbers so far and the nature of how Sobig,
Klez and the like are commonly spread, the system should
help contain future such outbreaks.
Again, we continue to strongly suggest use of anti-virus
software on individual computers.