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Re: another virus (hoax)

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Becky Alexander (Bekalex)
Sat, 7 Dec 1996 17:27:39 -0700

This is a hoax. Viruses cannot be sent by e-mail. Viruses come in
application programs or other methods (perhaps an attachment) but not by a
normal e-mail.
Careful of what you download and careful of the attachments you open! But
mail is fine.


> Subject: Virus Alert
> >Importance: High
> >
> >If anyone receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS! please delete it
> >WITHOUT reading it. Below is a little explanation of the message, and
> >what it would do to your PC if you were to read the message. If you have
> >any questions or concerns please contact SAF-IA Info Office on 697-5059.
> >
> >This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous virus
> >propogating across the internet through an e-mail message entitled
> >
> >This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are
> >interested in a penpal, but by the time you read this letter, it is too
> >late. The "trojan horse" virus will have already infected the boot
> >sector of your hard drive, destroying all of the data present. It is a
> >self-replicating virus, and once the message is read, it will
> >AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is
> >present in YOUR mailbox! This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and
> >holds the potential to DESTROY the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in
> >your inbox, and who's mail is in their inbox, and so on. If this virus
> >remains unchecked, it has the potential to do a great deal of DAMAGE to
> >computer networks worldwide!!!!
> >
> >Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon as you
> >see it! And pass this message along to all of your friends and
> >relatives, and the other readers of the newsgroups and mailing lists
> >which you are on, so that they are not hurt by this dangerous virus!!!! >>