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Topic: A horrible new Virus
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Re: A horrible new Virus
Posted: May 1, 1995 10:35 AM
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>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.

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