Deb Williams, CPA (DEBW@VTVM1.CC.VT.EDU)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 11:38:20 EDT
From: Deb Williams, CPA
Controller's Office: Financial Reporting Section
Virginia Tech 201 Southgate Center 0312 (703) 231-8556
Hadn't seen anyone on the list post this, thought I'd pass it along
to you since many of you use America On-Line as your carrier.
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Subject: New virus -- Urgent Message
If you haven't already received this message you may find it
important to share with you state and county staff --
This message is extremely important. Please read it carefully. It
gives one a clear understanding about the threat that computer
viruses pose. Thanks to Julia Bail for bringing it to out attention.
** High Priority **
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY!
The following notice came across my internet connect this morning and
will be released by DOE-HQ today, although it may be too late in some
"There is a new computer virus that is being sent across the
Internet. If you receive an email message with the subject line
"Good Times," DO NOT read the message.
DELETE it immediately. Please read the messages below.
Some miscreant is sending email under the title "good times"
nation-wide. If you get anything like this, DON'T
DOWNLOAD 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.
Thought you might like to know...
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 Online that is unparalled 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 test e-mail message with the subject line reading simply
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 initialize 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 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 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 time and money."
Please pass this on...especially to anyone you know that uses
"America Online" regularly.
Director, 4-H Programs 703-231-6373
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City