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'Thursday' Virus

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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Fri, 3 Sep 1999 14:41:37 -0400

Lawrence A. Parker
Philosopher and Educational Consultant
The Ohio Center for Critical Thinking Instruction, Inc.
89 Grand Avenue
Akron, OH 44303-1004
330.762.5341 (under reconstruction)

Several anti-virus companies are offering free programs to detect and remove
a new virus called "Thursday" that could attach itself to Microsoft Word 97
documents and spread by e-mail or network. Experts believe there is plenty
of time to prevent most damage from the virus, which is intended to wipe out
computer hard drives on December 13th. (Reuters/San Jose Mercury News 3 Sep

The Thursday virus, initially discovered almost two weeks ago, is
being taken more seriously now after PCs at eight financial
institutions were infected over the past several days. The virus
has appeared in a total of about 5,000 systems in the U.S., the
United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Poland, Switzerland, Austria,
Germany, and Latvia. The virus is capable of erasing all files
on a computer's C: drive, and is scheduled to activate on Dec.
13. Currently, the virus is limited to Word 97 files and
possibly later versions of Microsoft Word. Symantec researchers
say the virus will not spread widely as it has no way of
distributing itself other than Word 97 files. In addition,
anti-virus updates that are currently available should be able to
detect and eliminate the virus. However, Network Associates did
change its warning on the Thursday virus from medium to high risk
after the financial institutions were infected. The high-risk
warning places Thursday in the same category as Melissa,
Chernobyl, and ExplorerZip. (PC Week Online 09/02/99)