>I have received information regarding a new virus that has been engineered >to be spread through E-mail. The virus is dormant until the mail that >carries it is opened and read. The signature of the virus is >Good Times
>in the subject line. If you receive a message of this type clear it >without opening it. The virus attacks the hard drive or places the cpu in >a binary feedback loop.
There is general consensus across the net that this is a complete hoax. First of all, no one seems to come forward to defend it, and there are no rported instances. Second, there is no known mechanism that suggests how reading mail could cause such a problem -- and, at worst, the problem would have to be restricted to one computer type or mail reader program, neither of which seem to be mentioned in the news announcement. Third, if you read through the long form of the notice, which Andy didn't forward, it degenerates into gobbledegook after a few hundred words. Finally, I've been told that at the very end the notice announces itself as a hoax anyway, although I didn't have enough patience to get that far.
ON THE OTHER HAND, this raises the whole issue of chain letter on the internet (strictly verboten, of course). Surely there's a nice family of problems there -- exponential growth, overloading of networks, min flow max cut problems, etc.