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Cassandra Smith clsmith at DARWIN.BU.EDU
Tue Feb 13 12:35:54 EST 1996


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         SUBJECT:  VIRUSES--IMPORTANT PLEASE READ IMMEDIATELY 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" 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.

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                          WARNING!!!!!!!  INTERNET VIRUS
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     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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