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Anonymous's picture

"From: cyclistxxiii [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2002 10:45 AM
To: [email protected]
Subject: Popup()

What you see above is the text of an email I received today. ""Popup"" was a virus infected attachment, obviously maliciously targeting the 'lucky' recipient. Fortunately, the schemes of an ignoramus such as the person who sent this are well within my capacity to deal with. I have a strong suspicion as to who the sender might be, and I intend on using the records of the portal (Yahoo) to confirm my suspicions. Should I manage to do so, this person (whose initials I suspect are in close proximity to the end and the beginning of the alphabet respectively) may no longer be in a competitive position to brag about a level of riding prowess he'd never actually attained, as he might be taking the summer off.
For those not computer savvy enough to know better, DO NOT open attachments from unknown senders. And, at a minimum, use some sort of Anti-Virus software to filter incoming emails, as well as your downloads from the net.
I would be eager to hear from anyone else in the club who has received a similar email, especially if it originates from a different address. The more information, the easier it will be to eventually hone in on this miscreant.


Anonymous's picture
Tim Casey (not verified)
possibly KLEZ worm

I had received several e-mails from NYCC cyclists that I knew were bogus. The way KLEZ works is that it self-runs as an attachment even without your opening it. I keep my address book empty because early worms would read your address book and send itself to everyone in the address book. KLEZ went 2 steps further.
1) It looks at addresses in your inbox and outbox and sends itself to everyone.
2) It randomely places someone else's e-mail address in the reply field.
So if you receive an e-mail virus from someone, they may not even have sent it. If their e-mail address was in another infected computer, that's who sent it.

Get an anti-virus program.


Anonymous's picture
Ron Roth (not verified)
Follow up to my previous message

I've just been informed by a friend that the email address listed as the source of the message I received was that of a person I am quite sure would not send me, or anyone else an email of this nature. This only confirms that the individual from whom it actually originated is sufficiently skilled to know how to disguise the senders address. It also doesn't change my supposition as to the identity of the sendee in the slightest.

Anonymous's picture
Tom Laskey (not verified)
How Viruses Work

"Everyone should be aware that one of the characteristics of a virus is to go through the host computer's address book and automatically generate infected emails using the addresses contained therein.

In most cases, it is more than likely that the ""sender"" is not even aware that such emails are being sent from their address. It only means that their computer is infected."

Anonymous's picture
Carol Wood (not verified)
More viruses....

"This weekend I received two viruses, one of which bore the address of someone in the club who I'm sure didn't deliberately send it to me.

Just now, another club member writes to say she can't open an e-mail from me (which I didn't send her). The subject line reads ""Of Service.""

So, who's sending out malicious e-mails under camouflage?"

Anonymous's picture
hans (not verified)
computer viruses

There are a lot of nasty viruses out there. Get yourself some good antivirus software like McAfee or Norton.

McAfee Virus Info Library:

My office server had 12 viruses last week, among them:

W32/[email protected]
W32/[email protected]
W32/[email protected]

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