What makes this virus so terrifying, said the FCC, is the fact that
no program needs to be exchanged for a new computer to be infected.
It can be spread through the existing e-mail systems of the
InterNet. Once a computer is infected, one of several things can
happen. If the computer contains a hard drive, that will most
likely be destroyed. If the program is not stopped, the computer's
processor will be placed in an nth-complexity infinite binary loop
- which can severely damage the processor if left running that way
too long. Unfortunately, most novice computer users will not
realize what is happening until it is far too late.
Subject: Virus Alert
If anyone receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS! please delete it
WITHOUT reading it. Below is a little explanation of the message, and
what it would do to your PC if you were to read the message.
If you have any questions or concerns
please contact SAF-IA Info Office on 697-5059.
This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous virus
propogating across the internet through an e-mail message entitled
DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY MESSAGE ENTITLED "PENPAL GREETINGS!"
This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are
interestedin a penpal, but by the time you read this letter, it is too late.
The "trojan horse" virus will have already infected the boot sector of
your hard drive, destroying all of the data present.
It is a self-replicating virus, and once the message is read, it will
AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is present
in YOUR mailbox!
This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the potential to DESTROY
the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in your inbox, and who's mail is in
their inbox, and so on.
If this virus remains unchecked, it has the potential to do a great deal of
DAMAGE to computer networks worldwide!!!!
Please, delete the message entitled "PENPAL GREETINGS!" as soon as you see it!
And pass this message along to all of your friends and relatives,
and the other readers of the newsgroups and mailing lists which you are on,
so that they are not hurt by this dangerous virus!!!!
Subject: security breached by NaughtyRobot
This message was sent to you by NaughtyRobot, an Internet spider that
crawls into your server through a tiny hole in the World Wide Web.
NaughtyRobot exploits a security bug in HTTP and has visited your host
system to collect personal, private, and sensitive information.
It has captured your Email and physical addresses, as well as your phone
and credit card numbers. To protect yourself against the misuse of this
information, do the following:
This has been a public service announcement from the makers of
NaughtyRobot -- CarJacking its way onto the Information SuperHighway.
The NaughtyRobot email message appears to be a hoax.
There is no indication that any of the problems described in the body
have taken place on any machine.