Internet VIRUS

Quinn quinnt at u.washington.edu
Thu Apr 20 21:04:09 EST 1995


In article <Pine.A32.3.91.950420184618.67007B-100000 at acc.wuacc.edu>,
davispau at ACC.WUACC.EDU ("Davis Paul H.") wrote:

> INTERNET VIRUS
> 
>         There is a computer cirus that is being send across the 
> Internet.  If you receive an e-mail message with the subject line "Good 
> Times", DO NOT read the message, DELETE it immediatly.  Please read the 
> messages below.  Some miscreant is sending e--mail aunder the the title 
> "good times" natioin-wide.  If you get anything like this, DON'T DOWNLOAD 
> THE FILE!  It has a virus that rewrites your hard disk, 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 Online that is 
> unparalleled in it 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 on the Internet.  
> Once a computer is infected, one of several things can happen.  If the 
> computer contains a hard disk, 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 severaly 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 infection 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 initiliaze 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 immediatly.  Do not read it!  Rest assured 
> theat 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.

Ridiculous.  This is a hoax.  Don't waste bandwidth on this stuff.  

Matthew Stoecker



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