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Subject: Re: Virus allert
From: Peter Hagen <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 12 Dec 1996 11:01:14 -0900

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The so-called Virus PENPAL GREETINGS is a Hoax
Information on it and other hoaxes can be found at
the U.S. Dept. of Energy CIAC web page,
 as well as

 It is interesting to note that while the virus itself
does not exist, the message warning people about it can be
considered a type of virus because it occupies disk space,
and bandwidth, and it is easily replicated when well-meaning
people send the warning to friends and colleagues.

The following is from the CIAC webpage
"The PENPAL GREETINGS! Hoax shown below appears to be an attempt to kill
an e-mail chain letter by claiming that it is a self
starting Trojan that destroys your hard drive and then sends copies of
itself to everyone whose address in in your mailbox. Reading an
e-mail message does not run it nor does it run any attachments, so this
Trojan must be self starting. Aside from the fact that a program
cannot start itself, the Trojan would also have to know about every
different kind of e-mail program to be able to forward copies of
itself to other people. This warning is totally a hoax."

> I received this message today:
> Subject:  Virus Alert
> >>>Importance:  High
> >>>

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Peter Hagen ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ email: [log in to unmask]

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