[Bristol-Birds] FW: Dave please forward to Bristol list



-----Original Message-----
From: Wallace Coffey [mailto:jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 12:47 AM
To: Dave Worley
Subject: Dave please forward to Bristol list


Dave:

Please forward this message to the Bristol Birds Net for
me.  I would appreciate your help.

Yesterday evening a virsu message was sent to the
Bristol Birds Net and reflected that it came from my
computer and was posted to the net by me.

It appears that someone was finally able to "hack into"
the Bristol Birds Net by using my identification to get
past the listserver checker.

I am sorry for that problem.  It affects me as much as
it does you.  I think it is only an e-mail virus file
and not a system problem.

I HAVE TEMPORARILY PLACED A BAN ON ANY
MESSAGE  SENT TO BRISTOL BIRDS OR
TN BIRDS IN MY NAME OR FROM MY E-MAIL
ADDRESS OR ANY E-MAIL ADDRESSES I HAVE.

OTHERWSIE, I HAVE BLACK BALLED MYSELF
FROM THE LIST -- BLOCKED ANY SUCH MESSAGES
TO THE LIST.

YOU SHOULD NOT GET ANY MAIL FROM THE LIST WITH MY
NAME ON IT UNLESS YOU GET A FORWARD MESSAGE
SUCH AS THIS FROM DAVE WORLEY STATING THAT
I WILL AGAIN BE POSTING.  THIS INCLUDES TN-BIRDS.

Here is why I believe we were "hacked into" on Bristol
Birds.

        (1)  I find no trace of that virus coming into my 
system from anywhere else except from the Bristol
Birds message which you folks got and I got.

        (2)  I have Norton Corporate Antivirus software
which is up to date and kept up to date for viruses.
It has not detected that virus coming in anywhere in
my system including the e-mail that I just got it from !

IF YOU HAVE AN ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM WHICH
IDENTIFIED THE NAME OF THIS VIRUS PLEASE
E-MAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW SO I CAN WORK
ON THAT.  IT DOES NOT SHOW UP IN MY VIRUS
HISTORY !!  THIS WILL NOT KEEP IT OFF THE
LISTS.  IT WILL  HELP ME KEEP IT OFF
MY COMPUTER..

        (3)  You will notice, all of my e-mail postings come
from Wallace Coffey <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
                The virus came from jwcoffey <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>.

        (4)  The message header from the internet provider
shows (and you can look if you still have the message)
that it was sent from "apparently" = Melissa420278@xxxxxxx

        (5)  I do not know Melissa420278@xxxxxxxx
Melissa420278@xxxxxxx  is not subscribed to either
TN-Birds or Bristol Birds.

        (6)  The header does not indicate that it came from
either my   Windows Eudora Light Version 1.5.4 (32)  or
Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.3110.1
mail program.  The headers on mail posts from my computer
mail programs shows one or the other.

        (7)  The way this hacker got in was by sending a
message to the list and putting "from"  jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx
in the header.  The list will not allow anyone to send a
message to the list who is not subscribed.  It got in by
using my e-mail address to let it in.  Such an act could
be done in any subscribers name.

        (8)  I often have the list to return to me as many as
seven or more attempts in one day of someone attempting
to send such a virus to either TN-Birds or Bristol-Birds net
but the listserver won't let them in because they are not
subscribers.  I am sent a notice of the attempted virus
message.

        (9)  Finally,  this may have been a fluke.  It appears
that all such virus message are randomly, computer
generated "broadcasts" of such virus messages.  I think
they just run through the listserver attempting to put such
viruses on each list.  My e-mail address was snatched 
up somewhere in the list posting process and resent in
order to beat the system.  I hope this is not a forever
habit that shuts us down.  The reason these are believed
to be "randomly, computer" generated is because I get
more than a 100 per year.  Surely no one will spend a
year trying to get just one on a bird list.  

        Enjoy your Bristol-Birds Net and let's hope the
virus problem settles down.

        Let's go birding.....

        Wallace Coffey
        Moderator
        Bristol Birds
        Bristol, TN  





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