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Virus warning! Fact or fancy? Dunno.
Here is something important that Jon sent to me. If I paste it
successfully it should follow and I have more to add after it.
From: email@example.com (Jon Kurland)
Date: Tue, 03 Jan 1995 16:36:45 -0500
Content-type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
Subject: "Good Times" Virus
Here's a message I picked up today on the Carbide E-mail network.Just in
case you haven't heard, I'm passing it on.
This is to warn everyone about a new email virus going around.
Please read this and follow its directions.
There is a computer virus that is being sent across the Internet. If
you receive an e-mail message with the subject line "Good Times", DO
NOT read the message, DELETE it immediately. Please read the messages b
Some miscreant is sending e-mail under the title "good times" nation-wid
If you get anything like this, DON'T DOWNLOAD THE FILE! It has a
virus that rewrites your hard drive, obliterating anything on it. Please
be careful and forward this mail to anyone you care about--I have.
Date: 12/2/94 11:59 AM
Subject: INTERNET VIRUS
Thought you might like to know...
The FCC released a warning last Wednesday concerning a matter of
major importance to any regular user of the InterNet. Apparently, a new
computer virus has been engineered by a user of America Online that is
unparalleled in its destructive capability. Other, more well-known viruses
such as Stoned, Airwolf, and Michaelangelo pale in comparison to the
prospects of this newest creation by a warped mentality.
What makes this virus so terrifying, said the FCC, is the fact that
no program needs to be exchanged for a new computer to be infected.
It can be spread through the existing e-mail systems of the InterNet.
Once a computer is infected, one of several things can happen. If the
computer contains a hard drive, that will most likely be mostly destroy
If the program is not stopped, the computer's processor will be placed in
an nth-complexity infinite binary loop - which can severely damage the
processor if left running that way too long. Unfortunately, most novice
computer users will not realize what is happening until it is far too la
Luckily, there is one sure means of detecting what is now known as
the Good Times" virus. It always travels to new computers the same way
-in a text e-mail message with the subject line reading simply "Good Times".
Avoiding infection is easy once the file has been received - not
reading it. The act of loading the file into the mail server's ASCII
buffer causes the "Good Times" mainline program to initialize and execute.
The program is highly intelligent - it will send copies of itself to
everyone whose e-mail address is contained in a received-mail file or a
sent-mail file, if it can find one. It will then proceed to trash the
computer it is running on.
The bottom line here is - if you receive a file with the subject
line "Good TImes", delete it immediately! Do not read it! Rest assured
that whoever's name was on the "From:" line was surely struck by the vir
Warn your friends and local system users of this newest threat to
the" InterNet! It could save them a lot of time and money.
I cannot tell what my message subject is before I download it, can you?
I guess perhaps I need to do something so that I can get only the
Help? What do you know about it?
Bob __________________________________________________ ^_____^
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