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I can't beleive the incompetence of you people that fall for that crap.  
One of thse days, when you find some spare time, do a net search for 
'urban legends' or 'im a gullable fool'.  This is another re-incarnation 
of 'good times', a hoax that really peopled alot of fooled 
alot of people.

THIS letter is your virus, its being spread by fools like you, and 
plaguing people who know better.  It isnt any more possible to affect 
data on your machine by reading a TEXT file, than it is to correctly 
view the web with MSIE.

The second attempt at 'goodtimes' added the *capability* to execute code, 
just by loading the mail into your ascii buffer..gimme a break.

The only way the virus would work, is if your mail client thought it was 
supposed to execute whatever it finds in the message (which would be a 
REALLY stupid idea) which it doesnt.  Now if someone sent you a mail with 
the subject deeyenda (or whatever), AND had a new version of 
netscape-mail, MSIE-mail, pine, eudora, or whatever, AND you downloaded 
it, ran the installation program, THEN read the mail again, you might worry.

On Sat, 7 Dec 1996, Matt Dominianni wrote:

> In case you haven't heard about this yet...
> >>
> >>
> >>> **********VIRUS ALERT**********
> >>>
> >>>There is a computer virus that is being sent across the Internet.
> >>>
> >>>If you  receive an E-Mail message with the subject line "Deeyenda", DO
> >>>NOT read
> >>>the message, DELETE it immediately!
> >>>
> >>>Some miscreant is sending E-Mail under the title "Deeyenda"
> >>>nationwide, if you get anything like this DON'T DOWNLOAD THE
> >>>FILE!  It has a virus that rewrites your hard drive, obliterates
> >>>anything on it.
> >>>
> >>>Please be careful and forward this E-Mail to anyone you care about.
> >>>
> >>>Please read the message below.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>The Internet community has again been plagued by another computer virus.
> >>> This
> >>>message is being spread throughout the Internet, including USENET
> >>>posting,
> >>>E-MAIL,
> >>> and other Internet activities.  The reason for all the attention is
> >>>because of
> >>>the nature of this virus and the potential security risk it makes.
> >>>Instead of a
> >>>destructive Trojan virus (like most viruses!), this virus referred to as
> >>>Deeyenda Maddick, performs a comprehensive search on your computer,
> >>>looking for
> >>>valuable information, such as E-Mail and login passwords, credit cards,
> >>>personal
> >>>inf., etc.
> >>>
> >>>The Deeyenda virus also has the capability to stay memory resident while
> >>>running
> >>>a host of applications and operation systems, such as Windows 3.11 and
> >>>Windows
> >>>95.
> >>>  What this means to Internet users is that when a login and password
> >>>are send
> >>>to
> >>>the server, this virus can copy this information and SEND IT OUT TO UN
> >>>ADDRESS (varies).
> >>>
> >>>The reason for this warning is because the Deeyenda virus is
> >>>virtually undetectable.  Once attacked your computer will be unsecured.
> >>>
> >>>Although
> >>>it can attack any O/S this virus is most likely to attack those users
> >>>viewing
> >>>Java enhanced Web Pages (Netscape 2.0+ and Microsoft Internet Explorer
> >>>3.0+
> >>>which
> >>>are running under Windows 95).  Researchers at Princeton University have
> >>>found
> >>>this virus on a number of World Wide Web pages and fear its spread.
> >>>
> >>>Please pass this on, for we must alert the general public at the
> >>>security risks.
> >>
> >
> >
> >
> >

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