[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
Re: Watch viruses
From: Edy Van Asch <EVanAsch@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: brass-band@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <brass-band@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 28 November 1997 08:00
Subject: Watch viruses
>Today I heard from IBM some brand new viruses have shown up.
>If anybody should receive an E-mail with subject 'JOIN THE CREW' or 'PENPAL
>GREETING', don't open it. If you do, it destroys everything on your hard
>The last mail contains a virus called 'Trojan horse', the first has no name
>The Trojan horse seems to mail itself to all addresses it can find in your
>No solution is found yet to destroy any of them, nor is any virus-scanner
>Please be careful, I am not joking.
I would just like to assure everyone that the above is an example of an
Urban Legend. It is impossible to carry a virus in a plain text mail
message, though you can carry macro viruses in MS word attachments or
executables attached to mails. The pen pal greeting and Join the Crew virus
warnings have been in circulation for over a year, any virus scanner would
know be able to detect and sterilise them. The real virus is that these
messages scare people into thinking any mail may contain a virus.
For more information on this type of "virus" please go and see,
911.625475980&hitnum=14 for a thorough debunking of this myth. Also look
around news:alt.folklore.urban where these myths have already been
Edy, as a folklore debunker myself I would like to know who in IBM told you
this. They are acting in a way to panic people are passing on uninformed
information that is well know to be false.
Dave "just trying to help and quash old information" Barlow
unsubscribe or receive the list in digest form, mail a message of 'help' to