send around

Tracey Guice guice at HUSC.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Feb 13 13:18:50 EST 1996

I got this same warning about a year ago.  Then someone sent another 
letter saying that there is no virus.  I'm not sure it even exists.
Tracey Guice '96-'97

On 13 Feb 1996, Cassandra Smith wrote:

> send around 
>      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" 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.
>      *******************************************************************
>                           WARNING!!!!!!!  INTERNET VIRUS
>      *******************************************************************
>      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 email  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 there 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

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