Virus? Re: [Milton-L] HELLO (This really is from me)

Alberto Cacicedo alc at mac.com
Thu Jan 29 22:10:30 EST 2004


I'll be branded a sectarian, no doubt, but an even easier way to deal 
with the problem of worms such as this is to use a Macintosh, 
especially with OS X, for which there are no known virus or worm 
applications.

Safe in the midst of sin, albeit no Ranter,
Al Cacicedo
Albright College

On Jan 29, 2004, at 9:52 PM, Gardner Campbell wrote:

> Everything Peter says below is true. Your local machine will not be
> infected with the virus unless you open an attachment. Almost certainly
> John's computer was not the site of a virus launch, but the result of 
> an
> infection elsewhere.
>
> The emails are a nuisance and harm the Internet and local systems
> because they generate so much net-clogging traffic. Something like 3/4
> of the email with attachments at my school today was MyDoom traffic, 
> and
> our email has been a gummy mess over the last couple of days.
>
> Gardner Campbell
> Mary Washington College
>
>>>> herman2 at mail.sdsu.edu 01/29/04 7:36 PM >>>
>  From what I understand, these viruses only take effect IF someone 
> opens
> up
> the attachment. And as to how John's e-mail address got used, it is
> likely
> that John's computer was not used. Rather, his e-mail address was in
> someone else's computer which the virus infected. The viruses then 
> found
>
> the other person's email address book, and sent out versions of itself
> using those addresses.
>
> In other words, John is innocent, and considerably worse damage will be
> done to this list if he un-subscribes.
>
> Peter C. Herman
>
> At 12:32 PM 1/29/2004 -0500, you wrote:
>
>> I did not send that message and it does not appear in my sent mail
>> folder.  I am an ignoramus as to how these things work, so I don't 
>> know
>> whether my address was merely "spoofed" or (more alarmingly) my 
>> machine
>> hi-jacked.  I do know that I (and many others on my campus) have had
>> attachments in incoming mail purged by our university firewall system.
>> So I doubt if the message had a harmful attachment.  But if it did, 
>> let
>> me know and I'll unsubscribe from Milton-L until this is sorted.  I
>> would really hate to be the conduit (however unwilling) of a virus to
>> this community.
>>
>> Apologies to all for having my name taken in vain,
>>
>> John Leonard
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu
>> [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Woods, Paula
>> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 11:35 AM
>> To: John Milton Discussion List; John Milton Discussion List
>> Subject: RE: Virus? Re: [Milton-L] HELLO
>>
>> There seems to be at least one charming little bug out there that has
>> the capability of sending messages under your name but from someone
>> else's address book, even to addresses that are invalid.  I've been
>> getting about twenty "undeliverable" bounces a day this week.
>>
>> Paula Woods
>> Baylor University
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu
>> [mailto:milton-l-bounces at lists.richmond.edu] On Behalf Of Carrol Cox
>> Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2004 10:25 AM
>> To: John Milton Discussion List
>> Subject: Virus? Re: [Milton-L] HELLO
>>
>> It looks like someone spoofed John Leonard's e-mail address. There are
>> millions of posts out there this week containing a virus and with
>> spoofed return addresses. Don't open any attachments.
>>
>> Carrol
>>
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