Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Warning
Mon, 30 Nov 1998 21:31:35 -0700
On Mon, 30 Nov 1998, Robert F. Reeder wrote:
> If you receive an e-mail titled "Win A Holiday" DO NOT open it!!!
> >> It will erase everything on your hard drive.
> >> >
> >> > Forward this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a new,
> >> very malicious virus and not many people know about it. This
> >> information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft, please
> >> share it, pass this onto everyone in your address book so that this
> >> may be stopped.
This is not a new virus, it's an old joke. This message (and several
others like it) have been going around the Internet for years. It's a
hoax. There is no way to get a virus by opening a mail message! If a
message contains an attached executable which you download to your
computer and then execute, you could catch a virus; but reading mail is
safe. However, there is no record of any message such as you describe
actually containing a virus.
For more info, see: http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
PLEASE DO NOT WASTE INTERNET BANDWIDTH BY REDISTRIBUTING ANY MESSAGE THAT
WANTS YOU TO SEND TO EVERBODY IN YOUR ADDRESS BOOK! There is NEVER a
valid reason to do that.
David Kenison, firstname.lastname@example.org