Eric Millican (gt4422b@PRISM.GATECH.EDU)
Thu, 7 Dec 1995 14:19:44 -0500
I know some of you already know about the Good Times virus, but I =
couldn't remember who it was, so I am sending this to everyone I have an =
e-mail address for.
"There is a deadly new computer virus being spread across the =
according to the Federal Communications Commisionsion (FCC) and an =
message now criss-crossing the country. It cautions readers that if they =
receive an E-Mail message with the subject line "Good Times," not to =
or download it, and to delete in immediately.
The FCC released the warning recently terming this "a matter of major =
importance to any regular user of the Internet."
This virus rewrites the hard drive of the machine it is opened on,=20
obliterating any and all files contained there.
Apparently, this new computer virus was engineered by a user of =
Online and is unparalleled in its destructive capability.
Other, more well-known viruses such as Stoned, Airwolf, and =
pale in comparison to the prospects of this newest creation. What makes =
virus so terrifying, said the FCC, is the fact that no program needs to =
exchanged for a new computer to be infected. It can be spread through =
E-Mail systems on the Internet and on-line services.
Once a computer is infected, one of several things can happen. If =
computer contains a hard drive, it will most likely be destroyed. If the =
program is not stopped, the computer's processor is placed in an =
infinite biriary loop, which can severely damage the processor if left =
that way. Unfortunately, most novice computer users, as well as many =
ones will not realize what is happening until it is far too late.
There is one sure way of detecting what is now known as the "Good =
virus. It always travels to new computers the same way in a test E-Mail
message with the subject line reading simply "Good Times."
Avoiding infection is easy once the file has been received - simply =
read it. Loading the file into the mail server's ASCII buffer causes =
Times" mainline program to initialize and execute.
According to the FCC, the program is highly intelligent - it will =
of itself to everyone whose E-Mail address is contained in a =
or a sent-mail file, if it can find one. It will then begin destroying =
computer it is running on.
If you receive a file with the subject line "Good Times," do not read =
delete it immediately! The person who's name was on the "From:" line has =
victimized by the virus and should be notified immediately.
Regular E-Mail users are urged to warn friends and local system =
especially those who use America Online, of this newest threat to the =
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City