RE: Good Idea?

From: Wheeler, Bill (bill.wheeler@vw.com)
Date: 10/20/01


Message-ID: <4FDAAF7458F06340BDBBEFBCCB39B1A5164D42@usvcilvs042>
From: "Wheeler, Bill" <bill.wheeler@vw.com>
To: 'Aaron Laudi' <aaron@stylus.ca>, security-basics <security-basics@securityfocus.com>
Subject: RE: Good Idea?
Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001 18:05:46 -0500

This is another email hoax. Many viruses don't begin with the first entry
in the GAL/address book.

http://vil.nai.com/vil/virusSummary.asp?virus_k=99213

-----Original Message-----
From: Aaron Laudi [mailto:aaron@stylus.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2001 12:40 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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