RE: Potential virus (fwd)

Gopal Parupudi (
Wed, 12 Mar 1997 11:38:29 -0800

Before we see a flurry of messages from members, I would recommend
anyone hearing/reading about viruses to go and look at the site listed
below. This has got info on various types of viruses especially ones
that are pranks/hoaxes. I am sure there are other sites carrying similar

PENPAL Greetings is a well-known hoax.


> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Sridhar Basavaraju []
> Sent:	Wednesday, March 12, 1997 9:33 AM
> To:	Multiple recipients of list
> Subject:	FW: Potential virus (fwd)
> Hello Everyone, Please read the following message carefully.  It is
> very
> important and could cause a lot of damage if regarded lightly.  Thanks
> Sridhar
> ----------
> Subject: Potential virus
> Date: Monday, March 10, 1997 7:04PM
>      For all Internet user: Please read the following carefully:
>      This  info. was received from IBM, please share it with anyone
> that
>      might access the Internet:
>      If any one receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS ! please
> delete if
>      WITHOUT reading it !!  This is a warning for all Internet user -
> there
>      is a danderous virus propagating across the Internet through an
> e-mail
>      message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!".  DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY
>      ENTITLED "PENPAL GREETINGS"!!  This msg. appears to be a friendly
>      letter asking if you are interested in a penpal, but by the time
> you
>      read this letter, it is too late.  The "trojan horse" virus will
> have
>      already infected the boot sector of your hard drive, destroying
> all of
>      the data present.  It is a self replicating virus, and once the
> msg.
>      is read, it will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's
> e-mail
>      address is present in YOUR MAIL BOX!
>      This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the potencial
> to
>      DESTROY the hard drive of anyone whose e-mail is un your in-box,
> and
>      who's mail is in their box and so on.  If this virus keeps
> getting
>      passed, it has the potential to do a great deal of DAMAGE to
> computers
>      networks worldwide !!!!!
>      Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon
> as you
>      see it!  And pass this msg. along to your friends and other
> readers of
>      the news groups and mailing lists which you are on so that they
> are
>      not hurt by this dangerous virus !!!
>      Please pass this along to everyone you know so this can be
> stopped.