Re: virus alert-Virus Alert
David Farrar (dpf@IHUG.CO.NZ)
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 15:08:38 +1300
This virus is a hoax. It is identical to the "good times" virus which has
been rumoured to do the same thing.
For your information you can not get a virus just be reading an e-mail, so
Some idiots started these rumours year ago and they always resurface every
so often but under a different name. If you don't believe me the just do a
search of the Web for "Good Times Virus".
Don't feel bad if you were taken in, millions world wide have fallen for it
also. In fact just last week Air New Zealand warned all its staff about
this non-existant virus :) I had pleasure in letting them know it was a
At 17:53 04/12/96 -0700, Frank Bartel wrote:
>Mail*Link(r) SMTP virus alert...
>Hi everyone! wanted to pass this Virus alert on to you!!!
>I Just got this E-Mail Message on my system!!!
>If anyone receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS! please delete it
>ading it. Below is a little explanation of the message, and what it would
>o your PC if you were to read the message
>This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous virus
>g across the internet through an e-mail message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!".
>DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY MESSAGE ENTITLED "PENPAL GREETINGS!"
>This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are
>n a penpal, but by the time you read this letter, it is too late. The "trojan
>horse" virus will have already infected the boot sector of your hard
>troying all of the data present. It is a self-replicating virus, and once the
>message is read, it will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's
>dress is present in YOUR mailbox!
>This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the potential to DESTROY
> hard drive of anyone whose mail is in your inbox, and who's mail is in
>nbox, and so on. If this virus remains unchecked, it has the potential to
> great deal of DAMAGE to computer networks worldwide!!!!
>Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon as you see it!
> And pass this message along to all of your friends and relatives, and the
>r readers of the newsgroups and mailing lists which you are on, so that
>e not hurt by this dangerous virus!!!!
David Farrar <firstname.lastname@example.org> <email@example.com>
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