Re: Possible Virus

j.Maxwell Legg (
Fri, 11 Jun 1999 22:04:49 +1200

John Mayes wrote:
> Hi list members,
> I have received 4 very long and seemingly almost identical messages with
> different subject headings related to activity on this list,. They start with:
> Hi John !
> I received your email and I shall send you a reply ASAP.
> Till then, take a look at the attached zipped docs.
> bye.
> They come from kemp@SOFTWARE.ORG.
> I haven't had time to investigate this but this is very suspiciously like a
> virus included in an attachment "zipped_files.exe". I recommend extreme
> caution before running these files.
> And, in case I'm wrong kemp, please accept my humblest apologies.
> -------------------
> John Mayes
> <>
> <>

You're not wrong. This virus is now safely on a diskette and should be
heading to some official or other.

In my case it was addressed to "Hi j.Maxwell !" and the rest was the
same as yours. I sent the attachment to the other side of my firewall
before opening it, but it still crashed that system and I only had
seconds while other drives on the network were spinning up in order to
hit the power buttons.

As it is I've spent the whole day rebuilding that one computer from
scratch. No doubt kemp@SOFTWARE.ORG doesn't exist but by coincidence deal with DARPA and Lend Lease and just maybe one of their
blitzkrieg attack servers that they were using in the latest of their
"money wars" has run amok.