Virus Warning

Jason T. Slack (
Thu, 18 Jan 1996 12:53:03 -0500

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Jason T. Slack

> FWD>Computer Virus
>The following message was received by someone in MMED and we think that it is
>important that you make note of it. Please pass it on other users.
>> 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.
>> 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 ON LINE 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 email message with the subject line
>>reading "Good Times". Avoiding infection is easy once the
>>file has been received- not reading 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
>> receive-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.
>>> ---- End of mail text

Jason T. Slack
Cortland, New York 13045

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