Eugene Leitl Eugene.Leitl at
Fri Mar 7 00:42:35 EST 1997

On Thu, 6 Mar 1997, Keith Christoffers wrote:

> Pierre, this is a hoax.  Every year we get one or two of these.

Not entirely. The message itself is a memetic virus. It autoreplicates,
using usenet's resources. It does little damage besides.

> E-mail in and of itself can never be a virus, it IS NOT AN EXECUTABLE
> FILE.  That is the basic principle behind it.  If there is an
> attachment along with the e-mail that is deliberately downloaded and
> executed, yes it can be a virus.  From all the information provided,
> it is not such a thing.

True enough. But I bet the next Microsoft mailer will search incoming mail 
for executable attachments, be they VB, Java, or a cooking recipe, and act 
upon them. That's progress.

> keith
> On 6 Mar 1997 11:28:02 GMT, "Pierre AUBINEAU"
> <pierre.aubineau at> wrote:
> >Received this morning by e-mail:
> >
> >
> > This is a warning for all internet users.  There is a dangerous virus
> >propogating cross the internet through an e-mail message entitled
> >
> > If you receive mail entitled PENPAL GREETINGS!! ... DELETE IT
> >IMMEDIATELY WITHOUT READING IT!  See the explanation below.  If you have
> >questions or concerns, please contact SAF-IA  Info. Office at (512)
> >697-5059.
> >
> >
> > The message appears to be a friendly letter asking if you are
> >interested in a penpal, but by the time you read it, the "Trojan Horse"
> >virus will have already infected the  boot sector of your hard drive,
> >destroying all of the data present.  It is a self-eplicating virus, and
> >once the message is read,it will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone
> >whose e-mail address is present in YOUR mailbox!
> >
> > The virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the potential to
> >DESTROY the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in your inbox, and whose
> >mail in is their inbox, and so on.  If this virus remains unchecked, it
> >has the potential to do a great deal of DAMAGE to computer networks
> >worldwide!
> >
> > Please pass this message along to all of your friends and relatives,
> >and the other readers of the newsgroups and mailing lists which you are
> >on so they will not be hurt by this virus!"
> >
> >-- 
> >pierre.aubineau at

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