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Virus Alert

This is the first one of these that I've seen in a while. It appears to 
be legitiment - coming from and through reliable sorces. If it is 
legitiment then it's VERY IMPORTANT!

>Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 21:43:11 -0500 (EST)
>From: "Ray E. Mattatall" <mattatal@umich.edu>
>X-Sender: mattatal@choplifter.rs.itd.umich.edu
>Subject: Fwd: [Fwd: Fw: Virus warning]

> Subject: NEW VIRUS!!
> WARNING!!!!!! If you receive an e-mail titled "JOIN THE CREW" DO NOT
> open it!  It will erase EVERYTHING on your hard drive!  Send this
> letter out to as many people you can ... this is a new virus and not
> many people know about it!
> This information was received this morning from IBM, please share
> it with anyone that might access the Internet.
> Also, if anyone receives mail entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" please
> delete it WITH OUT reading it!!  This is a warning for all Internet
> users-there is a dangerous virus propagating across the Internet
> through an e-mail message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!".
> This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you 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 message is read, it
> will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is
> present in YOUR mailbox!
> This virus will DESTROY your hard drive and holds the potential to
> DESTROY the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in your in-box and
> who's mail is in their in-box and so on.  If this virus keeps
> getting passed, it has the potential to do a great deal of DAMAGE
> to computer networks worldwide!!!
> Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon as
> you see it!  And pass this message along to all of your friends,
> relatives and the other readers of the newsgroups 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.
> WARNING!!!  This is a new virus going around in the last couple of
> days!  DO NOT open or even look at any mail that you get that says:
> "Returned or Unable to Deliver" This virus will attach itself to your
> computer components and render them useless.  Immediately delete any
> mail items that says this.  AOL has said this is a very dangerous
> virus, and there is NO remedy for it at this time.  Please Be
> Careful,
> And forward to all your on-line friends A.S.A.P.
> Forward this A.S.A.P. to every single person you know!!!!!!!!!
> Greg Dimond
> Informix
> Software, Inc.
> Global Telecommunications
> 703-714-0608