Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Scout Research Attachment
Re: Scout Research Attachment
Steven G. Tyler
Sun, 11 Apr 1999 12:57:01 -0400
Jim Mahoney wrote:
> I just received an unsolicited email from JWESTLAW@aol.com with the
> subject line "Scout Research" with an attachment called BSA.doc. Did
> anyone else receive this? Is this legit or another Melissa virus
> waiting to happen.
No, I didn't receive it. However, a few principles apply:
1. *Any* MS Word document (which usually have a .doc extension) can
contain a Word macro virus.
2. *Any* MS Word document sent as an e-mail attachment can contain a
Word macro virus.
3. With the advent of the Melissa virus, *any* e-mail message with an MS
Word document attachment could potentially convey a Word macro virus,
even one apparently from a friend or acquaintance.
4. While the most recent upgrades to viruys-checking software do offer
some protection against Melissa and her siblings, the virus-checkers
are, of necessity, always one step behind the virus writers.
Therefore, unless you were expecting an e-mail from the sender, *with*
an MS Word attachment, you should either a) delete it immediately,
unread, or b) query the apparent sender about the bona fides and intent
of the attachment.
BTW, even this degree of caution is not fool-proof: a client of mine
called the other day, when a .doc attachment he was expecting to receive
from opposing counsel set off a virus alert. MacAfee wasn't able to
'clean' it, so I told him to delete the attachment and ask his
correspondent to FAX the document instead, until he could clean his
system of the obvious infection.
Steve on Cattail Creek (Steven G. Tyler, Esq.) <email@example.com>
The Computer Counselor -- Technology Consulting for the Law Office
Advancement Chair and Webmaster, Troop 339, BAC, BSA