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WARNING: Virus from "Carolina Birds"
- To: CarolinaBirds <email@example.com>
- Subject: WARNING: Virus from "Carolina Birds"
- From: K Dean EDWARDS <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 9 May 2002 10:34:53 -0400 (EDT)
- Sender: email@example.com
Sorry for more posts of a non-avian variety but thought I should
warn everyone about a virus I received disguised as returned,
undeliverable mail from the Carolina Birds listserv owner.
The mail was received Thursday evening and I found it this morning.
The subject line was
> Undeliverable mail--"Trademarks"
which immediately raised concerns as I had not sent any such
email. The "sender" was listed as firstname.lastname@example.org.
'angst.engr.utk.edu' is the machine I use for email but the
'postmaster' part is NOT how undeliverable mail is handled.
I check my email on a Linux machine which is immune to Windows
viruses so I decided to investigate. Sure enough, the message
contained an attachment titled 'album.bat', almost certainly a
virus. The text of the message was as follows:
> The following mail can't be sent to email@example.com:
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> To: email@example.com
> Subject: Trademarks
> The attachment is the original mail
However, if you look at the actual sending entity, it was disguied
as 'firstname.lastname@example.org' which we should all know as
Someone is trying to be clever so watch out.