E-Mail Virus Warning

Roland Koelliker koelliker at ipw.agrl.ethz.ch
Tue Nov 19 01:31:36 EST 1996

>>   virus warning
>>   ****   SUBJECT:  New and Dangerous 'E-mail' Virus - For your
>>>>      information...
>>>>              Please pass on this information to your colleagues.
>>>>         This is NOT a joke...
>>>       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 below. Some
>>>>     miscreant is sending  e-mail under the title "Good Times"
>>>>     nationwide, 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.
>>>>         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 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 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 "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 e-mail address is contained in a receive-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 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.  Warn your friends and local system
>>>>     users of this newest threat to the Internet!  It could save them a
>>>>     lot of time and money.
>>>>          Could you pass this along to your global mailing list as
>>>>     well?
>> As you can see this is not a pretty virus.
Roland Koelliker	                  
Swiss Fed Inst Technol               
Plant Sciences                              
ETH-Zentrum, LFW-C47         
CH-8092 Zurich                          
Tel ++41-1-632 3888
Fax ++41-1-632 1153
e-mail: koelliker at ipw.agrl.ethz.ch

More information about the Methods mailing list