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Subject: Re: Your details
From: Rudy Ramsey <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scottish Gaelic Language beginners forum <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 25 Aug 2003 09:46:05 -0600
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Fiona,

>>dč fo ghrčin a tha seo?  A-bharrachd, cha robh faidhle-ceantailte na
chois!

'Se tionndaidh de'n virus "cho mor" :-) a th'ann.

It's a version of the "sobig" virus. It's winding down now, but I was
getting these at the rate of one every three minutes for most of last
Thursday and Friday. It comes with various subject lines ("Your
details", "Thank you", several more), spoofs its sender and reply-to
addresses so it appears to come from friends, and sends itself to
everyone in sight. If you click on the attachment, you then have an
infected machine (*never* open an attachment on a questionable message,
even if it claims to come from your best friend). If you received this
message without being told it was a virus, then that means that you
don't have a current virus checker, or don't have up-to-date virus
definitions (this particular one only became detectable on August 19,
2003), or you have the checker's most important automated features
turned off. That, in turn, means that your computer is very much at
risk.

Here's a word to the wise, not directed specifically at you, but at
everyone here, and meant constructively in spite of its tone: If you
don't mind losing all your data, infecting all your friends, and making
your computer available as a silent relay point for spammers and
pornographers, then don't worry about keeping your virus scanner up to
date and turned on. You may even have a legal defense on the pornography
charge, as we've recently seen in the papers, but the burden will be
somewhat on you to prove the stuff got onto your computer without your
knowledge. ;-)

Rudy

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