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FLORIDABIRDS-L  July 2002

FLORIDABIRDS-L July 2002

Subject:

Re: ADMIN: New warning +

From:

Barbara Passmore <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Barbara Passmore <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Fri, 26 Jul 2002 15:36:05 -0400

Content-Type:

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text/plain (99 lines)

Excerpts from messages on this subject:

 1.  I simply do not open attachments regardless of how interesting or
authentic the subject is.

2.  I had this same darn virus a few months ago and wreaked havoc with my
computer and address book. I finally cleaned off the hard disk drive and
reinstalled everything.

3. 12 years as a Mac user and I have yet (Knock on wood) to be infected.
Whether that is because my machine is bullet proof or because I don't open
ANYTHING from someone about who I am not completely confident, I don't know.

4.  This is occurring with people on other lists I follow, also.  I know
that TNbirds and the opera list have kicked it around recently. People
start out being irate at the senders when of course the "sender" was
totally unaware. ... As you say, BE CAREFUL!

5.  So we learned all about some of these viruses.  And they can
pull from old (saved) mail in addition to the address book to "make up" a
false sender.

6. I hope you didn't get klez from having my address on the list.

7.  I've had a problem with it lately; I was receiving about 40 - 45 emails
daily through it

8.  I'm on a lot of lists and what I finally resorted to was setting up a
MAil Rule that automatically deletes anything with an attachment, and for a
while I had it set up to not download it from the server.

9. Since I've had a MAC (since about 1995) I have NEVER sent or received one
virus, trojan etc. of any kind in all of those years. I basically have to
chuckle at all of those who do get these viruses although if I did ever
manage to get one somehow, I'm sure it wouldn't be a laughing matter!

10. I look at the size of every email I open (before) and
download ALL attachements I "trust" in a Scan file on my desktop.
Yahoo Mail (a lot of mine comes here)... will scan automaticly if I
try to save to my briefcase.

11.  I would suggest you urge all of our listers to please scan their
computers now and regularly with updated definitions

Thanks to you all.  To clarify, I did not have a virus.  I haven't had a
virus in a long time because my anti-virus program has worked and stopped
them before they got to my hard drive, and scanning has been done and will
continue to be.

 What happened was that I only found by chance that someone with a virus had
a really smart kind, one that found my name in the address book or email of
somebody who accepted it, and it sent the little bomb off to BirdChat
showing my name as the sender.  It was duly refused since they
don't accept attachments (just like our list here) and since I was shown as
the sender, it came to me. Surprised me, too!  But it had already been
detonated at BirdChat and all I got from BirdChat was the usual header and
about 125 screens of this:

TVqQAAMAAAAEAAAA//8AALgAAAAAAAAAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
AAAAAAAA2AAAAA4fug4AtAnNIbgBTM0hVGhpcyBwcm9ncmFtIGNhbm5vdCBiZSBydW4gaW4g
RE9TIG1vZGUuDQ0KJAAAAAAAAAAYmX3gXPgTs1z4E7Nc+BOzJ+Qfs1j4E7Pf5B2zT/gTs7Tn
GbNm+BOzPucAs1X4E7Nc+BKzJfgTs7TnGLNO+BOz5P4Vs134E7NSaWNoXPgTswAAAAAAAAAA
UEUAAEwBBAC4jrc8AAAAAAAAAADgAA8BCwEGAADAAAAAkAgAAAAAAFiEAAAAEAAAANAAAAAA
QAAAEAAAABAAAAQAAAAAAAAABAAAAAAAAAAAYAkAABAAAAAAAAACAAAAAAAQAAAQAAAAABAA

You won't get a virus from this either, but this is what it looks like,
after it has been detonated, and is a quite large file.

Please do all your housekeeping: scan frequently, get updates automatically
if possible, if not as often as you can manually, but more than that, watch
what you are doing.  To have to clear or format your hard drive without
having a backup, is about as bad as you can get.  And it can happen to you.

+

For the + in the subject line, a subscriber sent me an URL this morning,
saying
Praise to FloridaBirds-L.  This is the URL:

From the New York state list:
http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/NYSB.html#1027595393

When you read it, you will agree that today's exchanges will show that this
poster to the New York list accurately described the helpful people on this
list.

Barbara

Barbara Passmore
Listowner, FLORIDABIRDS-L
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