Beware of strange email msgs LO28140

From: Richard Karash (
Date: 04/01/02

There is a virus out there which could cause difficulty for subscribers
and authors on the LO list. Because of the specific nature and extra
danger of this one, I'm taking the unusual step of writing the LO list.

This MS Outlook/Outlook Express virus appears to have come from a random
address found on the infected computer. Since my addresses and appear on many
computers, some of the virus-laden msgs appear to have come from me!

If anyone on the LO list gets the virus, it could easily be sent to
everyone who has authored msgs here.

I can identify cases in which it has been sent in messages appearing to
have come from "learning-org" and from my personal address. This is bad.
Thank you, Microsoft!

BEWARE of any unusual message appearing to have come from "learning-org"
or any other address. Every genuine msg from the list has the LO1234
number (or the Digest number) in the subject line.

Here is information on the virus I'm worried about right now:

That page includes this warning: "Because this worm does use a randomly
chosen address that it finds on an infected computer as the "From:"
address, numerous cases have been reported in which users of uninfected
computers receive complaints that they have sent an infected message to
someone else."

I recommend:
  - Do use a virus protection program and keep it up to date
  - Do not use Outlook (This virus propagates even from the preview window!)
  - Do not double click attachments unless you have virus-checked them first
  - Do not open messages that look suspicious

I take great care here to insure that it is impossible too propagate a
virus through the LO list.

If you should get a virus-laden message appearing to have come from any of
our addresses, a) I want to know, and b) rest assured, it did not actually
come from me!

   -=- Rick


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