Virus Alert Hoax
Moray Macdonald (MACDONAM@MSMAIL.POLI.GOVT.NZ)
Thu, 5 Dec 1996 15:14:00 +1300
Frank - you've been pulled in by this one, it is a hoax, just frightening
people. There is no such virus, but there have been a plague of similar
hoaxes of recent times.
From: Frank Bartel
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
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 WITHOUT
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
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
horse" virus will have already infected the boot sector of your hard drive,
troying all of the data present. It is a self-replicating virus, and once
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
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!!!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City