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Virus alert

lmichel at lgme.u-strasbg.fr lmichel at lgme.u-strasbg.fr
Thu Oct 12 04:52:30 EST 1995

Date: Thu, 12 Oct 95 10:21:00 +0100
From: "lemaire patrick"  <lemaire at lgpd.univ-mrs.fr>
Reply-To: "lemaire patrick"  <lemaire at lgpd.univ-mrs.fr>
To: lmichel at lgme.u-strasbg.fr
Subject: Warning!

>X-Sender: basler at rzu-mailhost.unizh.ch
>Mime-Version: 1.0
>Date: Mon, 9 Oct 1995 10:13:01 +0200
>To: a-furley at uk.ac.mrc.nimr
>From: basler at zool.unizh.ch (Konrad Basler)
>Subject: warning
>There is a computer  virus that is being sent  across the Internet.  If you
>receive an e-mail message with the subject  line "Good Times", DO NOT read
>the message, DELETE  it immediately.  Please read the messages below.  Some
>miscreant is sending e-mail under the title "good times" nation-wide.  If
>you get anything  like this, DON'T DOWN LOAD THE FILE!  It has a virus that
>rewrites your hard drive, obliterating anything on it.  Please be careful
>and forward this mail to anyone you care about--I have.
>*******************Forwarded Message**********************
>The FCC released a warning last Wednesday  concerning  a matter  of major
>importance to any regular  user of the InterNet.  Apparently, a new
>computer virus has been engineered by  a user of America Online that  is
>unparalleled in its destructive capability.  Other, more well-known viruses
>such as Stoned, Airwolf, and Michaelangelo pale in comparison to the
>prospects of this newest creation by a warped mentality.  What  makes  this
>virus so terrifying, said the FCC, is the fact that no program needs to be
>exchanged for a new computer  to be infected.  It can be spread through the
>existing e-mail systems of the InterNet.  Once a computer is infected, one
>of several things can happen.  If the  computer contains a hard drive, that
>will most likely  be destroyed.   If the program is not stopped, the
>computer's processor will be placed  in an nth-complexity infinite binary
>loop - which can severely  damage  the processor  if left running  that
>way too long.  Unfortunately, most novice  computer  users  will not
>realize what is happening  until it is far too late.  Luckily, there  is
>one sure means  of detecting  what  is now known as
>the "Good Times" virus.  It always travels to new computers the same way in
>a text e-mail message with the subject  line  reading  simply "Good Times".
>Avoiding infection  is easy  once the file has been  received - notreading
>it.  The act of loading the file into the mail server's ASCII buffer causes
>the "Good Times" mainline program to initialize  and execute.    The
>program is highly  intelligent - it will send copies of itself to everyone
>whose e-mail address is contained in a received-mail file  or a sent- mail
>file, if it can find one.  It will then proceed to trash the computer it is
>running on. The bottom line here is - if you receive  a file with the
>subject  line "Good Times", delete  it immediately!    Do not read it!
>Rest assured that whoever's name  was on the "From:" line was surely struck
>by the virus.  Warn your friends and local system users of this newest
>threat  to the InterNet!  It could save them a lot of time and money.

Patrick Lemaire
Case 907
F-13288 Marseille Cedex 9

Tel: 33-91269745
Fax: 33-91269726
e-mail: lemaire at lgpd.univ-mrs.fr

Michel Labouesse
BP 163
67404 Illkirch Cedex
C.U. de Strasbourg
Tel: (33) 88 65 33 93 (office)
     (33) 88 65 33 91 (lab)
Fax: (33) 88 65 32 01

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