quinnt at u.washington.edu
Thu Apr 20 21:04:09 EST 1995
In article <Pine.A22.214.171.1240420184618.67007B-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
> 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.
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