File spoon-archives/foucault.archive/foucault_1998/foucault.9806, message 11


Date: Wed, 3 Jun 1998 09:24:02 -0400
Subject: Re: "WIN A HOLIDAY" is a known virus HOAX!


Probably many people are aware of this already, but the fact is that you
can't get a virus from opening an email and reading it. The viral effect
of these so-called virus is composed, ironically, of the warnings that
kind people send around to each other...the warnings multiply
exponentially.

The only way you can possibly get a virus from an email is if the email
contains a file attachment which you yourself download. You'd know if
you were doing so, though.




In your message of 12:03 Jun 3 1998, you write:

> Wayne,
> 
> It's another Hoax Wayne. You can and should always check these things
> out before spreadint them around. I found yours listed here:
> http://www.ncsa.com/services/consortia/anti-virus/alerthoax.html
> 
> There are a few other places that keep track of these things:
> http://www.datafellows.com/news/hoax.htm
> http://www.kumite.com/myths/
> http://www.av.ibm.com/BreakingNews/HypeAlert/
> http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html
> http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html
> 
> The last three are good places to know about.
> 
> I said a month or so ago that we should have A FAQ on this for new
> members.
> 
> On 3 Jun 98 09:12:27 GMT, wayne-AT-cl.aoyama.ac.jp (Wayne Pounds) wrote:
> 
> >To: foucault-AT-lists.village.virginia.edu, fxa2424-AT-msn.com
> >From: aoliai-AT-students.wisc.edu
> >Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998 23:12:58 -0500
> >
> >>Date: Tue, 02 Jun 1998 23:06:15 -0500
> >>To: vacirca-AT-charm.net(robert brown)
> >>From: aoliai-AT-students.wisc.edu
> >>
> >>If you receive an email 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 with 
> >>>  everyone that might access the internet.
> >>>
> >>>  Once again, pass this along to everyone in your address book so 
> >>>  that this may be stopped.
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> 


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