From: Edwards, Benjamin () (Benjamin.Edwards at domain DIGIFONE.COM)
Date: Mon 29 Mar 1999 - 11:02:31 IST
[from what I can gather this one is for real]
NEW EMAIL COMPUTER VIRUS DISCOVERED
A fast-spreading computer virus with the potential to breach security
systems has been discovered by experts at a Pittsburgh University.
New email computer virus discovered _
WebPosted Sun Mar 28 21:27:24 1999
PITTSBURGH - A fast-spreading computer virus with the potential to breach
security systems has been discovered by experts at a Pittsburgh University.
The computer team says the "Melissa macro", can allow documents to be
to other people without warning.
The virus doesn't hurt computers themselves. Instead, it overloads network
systems by going into the address book of the computer's user and e-mailing
itself to 50 addresses. Eventually, the overloaded systems must be shut
You'll know you've caught the virus if you receive an email with a subject
"Important message from..." followed by the name of the person whose
address book provided the recipient's e-mail address.
That is followed by the message: "Here is that document you asked for ...
show it to anyone else". A massive 40K document called list.doc is attached.
The document is a list of pornography sites.
When the recipient opens the attachment, the virus is unleashed. It then
out 50 addresses in the recipient's address book, sends itself off, and the
whole process begins again.
It is thought the virus attacks computers loaded with Microsoft's
Word 97 or Word 2000 programs, though other sources say the email programs
likely to be affected are Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
Microsoft engineers are trying to come up with an antidote.
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