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Mail Viruses?

In article <D0DvKq.9qD@lincoln.gpsemi.com>, Martin Ingram (Throg)
<ingram_m@roborough.gpsemi.com> wrote:
>We have recently picked up two virus alerts recently. It seems that mail
>messages
>containing "Good Times" or "xxx-1" in the header (somewhere) may be
>propagating some
>sort of virus that trashes hard disks.

If anybody has any hard information on these alleged messages (or copies
of them), please let me know.

The only `viruses' I have seen any evidence of so far are the warning
messages, which are spreading rapidly (I have seen three minor variants
on the warning message from five different sources so far).

Reasons for skepticism include: i) the warnings do not mention what
architecture the virus is aimed at; ii) the effect of the virus is
described only in the vaguest of terms (`it rewrites your hard drive');
and iii) the warnings suggest that merely reading the message is
sufficient for the virus to infect your machine, which is clearly bogus.

Again, any hard information appreciated.  I'll let this newsgroup know
what, if anything, I discover.

Thanks,

Tim.
--
Tim Goodwin        | "System V wasn't going to go away just because POSIX
Public IP Exchange | said so.  (More's the pity.)" -- Henry Spencer

Original headers:

From: tim@pipex.net (Tim Goodwin)
Newsgroups: comp.mail.misc
Subject: Re: Mail Viruses?
Date: 7 Dec 1994 15:36:03 -0000
Organization: PIPEX, 216 Science Park, Cambridge, England
Message-ID: <3c4kp3$4pg@pipe.pipex.net>
References: <D0DvKq.9qD@lincoln.gpsemi.com>

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