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From: "Robert W Fay" <>
Subject: Re: VIRUS ALERT
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2001 12:06:40 -0500
Yes, this is quite correct, however it is not strictly limited to
the inbox. Badtrans responds to all *unread* email in every
file in the affected email programs (OE, Outlook and AOL).
Several weeks ago I was involved in diagnosing an infected
machine on a list that apparently filtered all incoming email
into various folders and many of the filtered emails had never
been opened. There were several months worth of unopened
email from many lists in his folders.
No one knows how many infected emails were sent out from
his machine, but it certainly seems to been many thousands.
And many other computers were infected due to this one
On 5 Jun 2001, at 9:29, Al Magary wrote:
> If someone who has the latest virus (Badtrans) lets email stack up in his In
> box, the virus will constantly compose new versions of itself addressed to
> every sender of email in the In box. If someone with the virus doesn't
> notice that his Outbox suddenly has a lot of outgoing mail he didn't write,
> then the virus keeps spreading around the list.
> As this seems to have no end in this list, it's incumbent on every
> listmember to get rid of the virus.
> To limit damage from any such virus that works off your In box, it's useful
> to try to keep the main In box clear. To start with, get your email program
> to filter listmail into other folders (in Outlook Express, go to
> Tools/Message Rules/Mail and compose the filtering rules).
> Al Magary