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virus hoax

[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]
Sun, 06 Apr 1997 19:14:31 -0700 (MST)

This is in response to the email posted on ArtsEdNet concerning a computer
virus transmitted through emails with the subject "PenPal": Viruses
CANNOT be spread by reading emails!!! Only if an email has an executable
program attached, and you execute that program are you in danger of
receiving a virus through an email --- and this is ONLY if the attached
executable program has a virus! The scare, however, that such a virus can
be spread by reading emails with the subject "PenPal," has been
widespread. I have heard about it from people across the country. Those
who believe that this virus exists (and I did when I first heard about
it), end up emailing everyone they know, tying up all
the email lines of communication. Through several reputable sources (all
engineers and computer people), I found out the truth about this "virus."

Just thought everyone on the listserv should know!

Emily T. Robinson
Arizona State University
Email: etr

  • Maybe reply: Bob Greaves: "Re: virus hoax"