!!!!Warning- a virus is

Bill Kupiec kupiec at mail1.ciwemb.edu
Wed Dec 7 09:10:15 EST 1994


>> A virus is circulating on the Internet.  If you receive a message with
>> the header "xxx-1" DO NOT READ IT.  Delete immediately or your disk will
>> require treatment by a virus-scanner.  I have had two copies of this
>> message this morning (Sunday) already, but was warned by an early
>> morning phone call from a friend who got hit.
>>************************************************************************
>>>This crossed my virtual desk this afternoon.  Does anyone have more info?
>>>
>>>>>> Somebody is sending e-mail under the title "good times".  If you get
>>>>>anything
>>>>>> like this, DON'T DOWNLOAD THE FILE! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! It has a
>>virus that
>>>>>> rewrites your hard drive, and you lose anything on your hard
>>drive.  Pleas
>>e
>>>>>> be careful and forward this mail to anyone you care about!

>Date: Tue, 6 Dec 1994 15:23:09 -0800
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>Originator: ciac-notes at cheetah.llnl.gov
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>From: Karyn Pichnarczyk <karyn at cheetah.llnl.gov>
>Subject: CIAC Notes 94-04
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>Number 94-04                                                December 6, 1994
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>Welcome to the fourth issue of CIAC Notes!  This is a special edition to
>clear up recent reports of a "good times" virus-hoax.  Let us know if you
>have topics you would like addressed or have feedback on what is useful and
>what is not.  Please contact the editor, Allan L. Van Lehn, CIAC,
>510-422-8193 or send E-mail to ciac at llnl.gov.
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>THE "Good Times" VIRUS IS AN URBAN LEGEND
>
>In the early part of December, CIAC started to receive information requests
>about a supposed "virus" which could be contracted via America OnLine, simply
>by reading a message.  The following is the message that CIAC received:
>
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>| Here is some important information. Beware of a file called Goodtimes.    |
>|                                                                           |
>|  Happy Chanukah everyone, and be careful out there. There is a virus on   |
>| America Online being sent by E-Mail.  If you get anything called "Good    |
>| Times", DON'T read it or download it.  It is a virus that will erase your |
>| hard drive.  Forward this to all your friends.  It may help them a lot.   |
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>THIS IS A HOAX.  Upon investigation, CIAC has determined that this message
>originated from both a user of America Online and a student at a university
>at approximately the same time, and it was meant to be a hoax.
>
>CIAC has also seen other variations of this hoax, the main one is that any
>electronic mail message with the subject line of "xxx-1" will infect your
>computer.
>
>This rumor has been spreading very widely.  This spread is due mainly to the
>fact that many people have seen a message with "Good Times" in the header.
>They delete the message without reading it, thus believing that they have
>saved themselves from being attacked. These first-hand reports give a false
>sense of credibility to the alert message.
>
>There has been one confirmation of a person who received a message with
>"xxx-1" in the header, but an empty message body.  Then, (in a panic, because
>he had heard the alert), he checked his PC for viruses (the first time he
>checked his machine in months) and found a pre-existing virus on his machine.
> He incorrectly came to the conclusion that the E-mail message gave him the
>virus (this particular virus could NOT POSSIBLY have spread via an E-mail
>message).  This person then spread his alert.
>
>As of this date, there are no known viruses which can infect merely through
>reading a mail message.  For a virus to spread some program must be executed.
>Reading a mail message does not execute the mail message.  Yes, Trojans have
>been found as executable attachments to mail messages, the most notorious
>being the IBM VM Christmas Card Trojan of 1987, also the TERM MODULE Worm
>(reference CIAC Bulletin B-7) and the GAME2 MODULE Worm (CIAC Bulletin B-12).
> But this is not the case for this particular "virus" alert.
>
>If you encounter this message being distributed on any mailing lists, simply
>ignore it or send a follow-up message stating that this is a false rumor.
>
>Karyn Pichnarczyk
>CIAC Team
>ciac at llnl.gov
>
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