Mail Problems

Subject: Mail Problems
From: Kiran Krishna <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 12:30:34 +1100 (EST)
Better still. Switch to Pine. That is the only thing protecting me from
all of the recent email viruses.


On Wed, 28 Nov 2001  wrote:

> Hi everyone
> There are a few members who have unfortunately picked up one or another of 
> the nasty v-i-r-u-s-e-s going around.  There are extensive filters in place 
> to prevent most of these from being sent out via the mailing list itself, as 
> well as  message size limit of 20Kb that usually blocks these sort of 
> messages (and many commercial ones).
> A number of members have received infected mail recently - that's because 
> infected systems usually reply automatically to messages received (or to a 
> random selection of these).  Birding-aus is set up so that when a message is 
> REPLIED to the reply goes to the ORIGINAL sender and not the mailing list.  I 
> can't change that - it is a condition of the host, Vicnet. 
> So ... 
> 1. member xyz sends a message to the list
> 2. it is received by member abc whose system is already infected with a worm 
> or other v-i-r-u-s 
> 3. the v-i-r-u-s forces an automatic reply (to the original sender) that 
> includes an attachment.  This attachment usually has a file extension that 
> tricks windows into opening the attachment, and PRESTO!  Another person's 
> computer is infected.
> How do you stay safe?  Set up your email program and/or web browser to NEVER 
> open attachments, and make sure you never open any manually unless (A) you 
> know who they come from and more importantly (B) you know WHAT the attachment 
> is and WHY it has been sent to you.
> A good policy is to NEVER open an attachment without doble-checking its 
> source and validity with the sender.
> And some people wonder why we frown on attachments on this mailing list......
> Russell Woodford
> List Administrator
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Kiran Krishna
3rd yr physics
(Falkiner High Energy Physics)
University of Sydney
NSW 2006


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