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On Sun, 6 Apr 1997 etr wrote:
> 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