RE: it ain't my virus

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From: Hare,Ed, W1RFI (w1rfi@arrl.org)
Date: Wed Jun 05 2002 - 13:16:40 CDT


The ARRL virus-scan software has been trapping all sorts of viruses lately,
and many come from people who did not send them. Tracy is right; the new
viruses are trying to disguise where they are coming from, just to make life
tougher on the recipients.

As always, do NOT open attachments unless you both know who it came from and
why they are sending it to you. That saved me from the happy99.exe virus a
few years ago, when it got to ARRL HQ before the virus scan update.

73,
Ed Hare, W1RFI
ARRL Lab
225 Main St
Newington, CT 06111
Tel: 860-594-0318
Internet: w1rfi@arrl.org
Web: http://www.arrl.org/tis

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tracy Markham [mailto:tracy@bytemark.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 05, 2002 2:07 PM
> To: Low Power Amateur Radio Discussion
> Subject: OT: it ain't my virus
>
>
> I have received a few notes that people are receiving virus from
> 'sales@bytemark.com.'
>
> It's not possible ...
>
> That email address is an 'alias' - it is forwarded to a real address,
> 'tracy@bytemark.com.' There is no outgoing 'sales@bytemark.com' email
> account on my system.
>
> Keep in mind that these new virus get into people's address
> books and 'sent'
> items and pull email addresses to both send to and to cloak
> where the email
> came from. It's harder to notify someone that they have a
> virus if you don't
> know who really sent it ...
>
> SO
>
> If anyone receives an email from 'sales@bytemark.com' simply
> delete it - it
> did not originate from my system. Any legitimate email from
> my system will
> have a real human beings name in the email address. 'sales'
> 'info' 'support'
> 'abuse' etc. email addresses are incoming only and are NEVER used as
> outgoing mails from our system.
>
> FURTHERMORE
>
> Some time ago I installed the Microsoft update that does not
> allow third
> party programs to send email through outlook without user
> intervention - if
> a virus tries to send email a dialog box pops up asking if it
> is cool ... if
> you use outlook I would STRONGLY suggest you download and
> install this from
> Microsoft -
>
> http://office.microsoft.com/downloads/9798/Out98sec.aspx for
> Outlook 98 and
> http://office.microsoft.com/Downloads/2000/Out2ksec.aspx for
> Outlook 2000
>
> This in combination with regularly updated Norton Antivirus
> and ZoneAlarm
> Firewall has kept me out of the virus mess for quite a while
> now. It's a
> good combination!
>
> Sorry for the bandwidth but I had to reach many of you ...
>
> Tracy Markham, N4LGH
> CWS ByteMark
>
>


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