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Re: A virus from Listserv!

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Saturday, April 10, 2004, 0:42
On Fri, 09 Apr 2004 13:43:55 -0400, Trebor Jung <treborjung@...> wrote:

> I just got an e-mail entitled "Re: Document", from Listserv. I opened it, > and there was an .gif attachment. Has anyone gotten this e-mail? It has a > virus, which you'll get if you open the message. (Luckily Norton caught > it > right away.) But why did this happen??? John Cowan?
A tactic of some viruses is to scan your address book, find two addresses, and send a message to one, pretending to be from the other, on the premise that if person A and person B are both in the same address book, they might know eachother. This is so prevalent that you should always check, or somewhere, to see if the particular virus behaves in that way before you accuse the named "sender" of having a virus. Avoid using Outlook, where possible, since 99% of viruses of this kind (i.e. those that automatically email themselves) target Outlook in one way or another. Paul