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Michael Gregory Abel, University of Tennessee abel at UTKVX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Mon Nov 13 17:12:31 EST 1995

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

Didn't we go through this hoax 4 months ago?  The "Good Times" virus 
strikes again!  For those of you who didn't see it the first 3 or 4 times 
it has come across the internet....the "Good Times" virus is a hoax.

   Michael Gregory Abel    Abel at utkvx.utk.edu    423-974-2933 (office)
   University of Tennessee    Dept. of Microbiology    423-974-4007 (FAX)
   Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-0845    

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