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Matthias Vogel Matthias.Vogel at klinik.uni-regensburg.de
Mon Nov 13 08:22:41 EST 1995

> Subject: Virus on Internet (fwd)
> Just got this message from a friend.
> >>>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 below.
> >>>
> >>>Some miscreant is sending e-mail under the title "good times" nation-wide. 
> >>>If you get anything like this, DON'T DOWN LOAD 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.
> >>>
> >>>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 comparision 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 destroyed. 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 late. 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 detection 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 virus.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>End


Matthias Vogel
Institut fuer medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene
Klinikum der Universitaet Regensburg
Franz-Josef-Strauss-Allee 11
D-93053 Regensburg
Tel. 0941/944-6483
Fax 0941/944-6402
E-Mail: Matthias.Vogel at klinik.uni-regensburg.de

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