RE: Good Idea?

From: Jeroen Peters (rump@plasticgirl.com)
Date: 10/19/01


From: "Jeroen Peters" <rump@plasticgirl.com>
To: <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
Subject: RE: Good Idea?
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 18:47:06 +0200
Message-ID: <000301c158bd$b049bbd0$0300a8c0@judicatorwks>


Hi,

This won't work. Trojans and worms access the address book randomly. See
http://www.vmyths.com/.

Regards,

Jeroen Peters

-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron Laudi [mailto:aaron@stylus.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 7:40 PM
To: security-basics
Subject: Good Idea?

Does this make sense to you guys? One of my users sent it to me. It
sounds good in theory.

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Subject: Good Idea

I received a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its
simplicity. As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your
computer it heads straight for your email address book and sends itself
to everyone in there, thus infecting all your friends and associates.
This trick won't keep the virus from getting into your computer, but it
will stop it from using your address book to spread further, and it will
alert you to the fact that the worm has gotten into your system.

Here's what you do: first, open your address book and click on "new
contact" just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your
list of email addresses. In the window where you would type your
friend's first name, type in !000 (that's an exclamation mark followed
by 3 zeros). In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new
email address, type in WormAlert. Then complete everything by clicking
add, enter, ok, etc.

Now, here's what you've done and why it works: the "name" !000 will be
placed at the top of your address book as entry #1. This will be where
the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends. But
when it tries to send itself to !000, it will be undeliverable because
of the phony email address you entered (WormAlert). If the first
attempt fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm
goes no further and your friends will not be infected.

Here's the second great advantage of this method: if an email cannot be
delivered, you will be notified of this in your InBox almost
immediately. Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email
addressed to WormAlert could not be delivered, you know right away that
you have the worm virus in your system. You can then take steps to get
rid of it!

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aaron laudi webcast technician -- stylus strategic communication e aaron_laudi@stylus.ca t 514-288-8613



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  • RE: Good Idea?
    ... when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads ... worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends. ... email address you entered (WormAlert). ...
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  • Re: Good Idea?
    ... > virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your ... > worm has gotten into your system. ... > worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends. ... > email address you entered (WormAlert). ...
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