Re: Virus Alert!

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Posted by MMMMarcia on May 05, 2000 at 13:21:21:

In Reply to: Re: Virus Alert! posted by Ilse on May 04, 2000 at 17:41:04:

: : : In case any of you have missed the warnings, the "I Love You" virus appears to be a very real, very nasty bug! Do not open any email with "I Love You" in the subject line. Mark just got home & told me they were hit at the company he works for, and their entire email system is down, and no one knows how long it will take to fix the problems. It was opened by one person, went to their address book & forwarded ITSELF to everyone in that book, then went to each recipient's book, and so on. Mark received 4 separate emails with that in the subject line, but deleted them promptly. Then the whole system crashed. So I know for a fact that this one is real.

: : : Hope this saves someone in Mohicanland from grief!

: : : MMMMarcia

: : You need to watch out for Pretty Park also. It's already been sent to me twice - don't open, just delete. It comes as a second e-mail from a party the way Happy 99 did.

: For the record people,

: An e-mail message cannot ever give you a virus. Only the attachment will. There is no problem in reading the message, but opening the attachment will activate the virus.

: Ilse


That has always been the case, but I'm reading more and more in my PC magazine that new viruses CAN be activated simply by opening the email, and this is supposed to be one of those. It was the lead story with Dan Rather last night, and it apparently spread almost immediately from Manila throughout Europe & into the US. Banks, hospitals, government agencies, and thousands of business have been impacted. And according to the news report, it wasn't necessary to open the attachment. *sigh* There's always someone who wants to make our lives miserable for whatever selfish reason. I think cyber-terrorism, which is definitely what this is, should be punished SEVERELY. Not only is there a huge monitary loss, but with health agencies affected, lives could be jeopardized, as well.

Grrrrrr...I'm fightin' mad. And BTW, Mark's company (a LARGE one) still has no email, and they think files & programs have been corrupted & data lost.


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