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Re: virus hoax

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carla harwitt (
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 20:44:34 -0700 (PDT)

Thank you SO much for taking the time to send your reassuring message. I
had accidentally read the "penpal" message and have been sitting here
afraid to turn off my computer in the fear that it wouldn't start up
again! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
--Carla in LA

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