[Fwd: Deadly New Virus]

Jones jdjones at earthlink.net
Thu Aug 1 05:25:11 CEST 1996


Thought this may interest you!

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>>
>> Hi Gang,
>> I just received a new and deadly virus report and though you may be
interested
>> in seeing it.
>>
>> QUOTE - There is a computer virus that is being sent across the internet. If
>> you receive an email message with the subject line "Good Times", DO NOT read
>> the message, DELETE it immediately. Please read the messages below.
Someone is
>> sending email under the title "Good Times" nationwide, if you get
anything like
>> this, DON'T DOWN LOAD THE FILE! it has a virus that rewrites you hard drive,
>> obliterating anything on it.
>>
>> 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 AMERICAN ON LINE 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 email
systems of
>> the internet.
>>
>> Once a computer is infected one of several things can happen. It the computer
>> contains a hard drive, that will most likely be destroyed. If the program is
>> not stopped, the computer's processor will be placed in an nth-complexity
>> infinite binary loop - which can severely dames the processor if left running
>> that way too long.
>>
>> Unfortunately, most novice computer users will not realize what is happening
>> until it is far to late. Luckily, there is one sure means of detecting
what is
>> now knows as the "Good Times". Avoiding infection is easy once the file has
>> been received simply by 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 email address is contained in a receive-mail file of a sent-mail
file, if
>> it can find one. It will then proceed to trash the computer it is running on.
>> END-QUOTE.
>>
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