Watch out !

Subject: Watch out !
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 01:00:11 +1000
I couldn't find anything sinister in the message text, but the message size was 
13Kb - a little big for what was really only a single page of text plus 
formatting tags.  I had a look at the HTML and couldn't see anything sinister, 
but it may well have had something nasty tucked away in the headers.  

Until someone proves otherwise, I still don't believe a plain text message can 
do anything to your computer.  But I can foresee a time when most email is 
transmitted as formatted text including inline images and even movie/sound 
clips - then we'll really have to be on our guard.  More and more I think it 
makes sense to read one's unfiltered email via a web browser rather than 
downloading it all to me Hard Disk first.  But that means spending longer 
online, where you are just as likely to be targetted by someone probing around 
at random IP (internet) addresses.  Guess the future looks rosy for the 
antivirus developers.


Syd Curtis <> on Thu, 15 Aug 2002 20:46:29 +1000 wrote:

> Anyone know anything of an email from S c o o p s (without the spaces) and
> subject shown as "[BIRDING-AUS] S c o o p s (no spaces) Newsletter"?
> The preview on my Mac referred (I think) to Marilyn Monroe and my modem
> tried to connect to the internet.  It couldn't because I disconnect the
> phone-line before looking at any messages, and I deleted the message
> immediately.  Seemed suspicious to me.
> Syd
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