Apologies and Viruses

claude setzer cssetzer at mum.edu
Sat Apr 19 21:47:52 UTC 1997

After my message saying that you could not get a virus from email, Ralph
Bunker suggested that it is not very wise to make "challenging" statements
like that because it encourages hackers to invent a way to do it. So I
should revise my statement: normal "viruses" are not generally embedded in 
 email in such a way that they automatically activate when you
read your mail.

However, it is definitely possible, and not even much of a challenge, to
readers uncomfortable, even by mistake. It is also possible to cause
problems with specific email packages, that might have been damaged by some
other (previously embedded but inactive) virus, etc. So we should not throw
caution to the wind.

One thing you should be very careful about is opening attached documents,
especially ones ending in .exe or .com (PC) if you don't know 
what they are. On MAC systems, just about any file name can be trouble for
an attached document. It also might be wise to turn off any accessories
that automatically act on attached documents.

The possibilities for trouble become even more complicated when
technologies start to become available that allow transmission of sounds
and movies within email.

So...there is no need for paranoia, but some caution and alertness with
regard to unusual email from unknown sources is always wise.

Claude Setzer
> From: JAYABARATHI <jaybee at tm.net.my>
> To: Members of the list <indology at liverpool.ac.uk>
> Subject: Re: Apologies to all
> Date: Friday, April 18, 1997 11:38 PM
> Jan Brzezinski wrote:
> > 
> > Apologies to all for wasting your time with a bogus virus alert. Thank
> > for wisening me up.
> > Jan K. Brzezinski, Ph.D.
> > 1262 rue St-Joseph, Val-David, QC J0T 2N0
> > (819) 322-3382, 322-6146
> I read something in the Malaysian papers recently about "Mail Bomb".
> If you receive it, it is supposed to start off an unending stream of the 
> same word which just goes on repeating itself thus causing irreparable 
> damage..
> Is such a thing in existence?
> Sungai Petani
> Kedah
> Malaysia

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