A message from Lisa was intercepted by my ISP's virus protection service and the following was sent to me.
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From: Lisa Schnepf <lars2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [pcductape] How does this happen? Virus: Exploit-MIME.gen.c
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 12:08:57 -0400 From: Lisa Schnepf <lars2@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: PCWorks <PCWorks@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> Subject: [pcductape] How does this happen?
Hi Lisa, In all likelihood it isn't people at all but virus robots doing this. These are not viruses on your machine but on someone else's machine who, at the time, also had your email address on their computer. You know how viruses borrow addresses from the infected machine to send itself to, well many of today's viruses also borrow one of those addresses to say that it sent itself from. It's called spoofing. So what you are seeing is the virus's failed attempt to send itself to someone which bounced and returned to the spoofed "from" address, you. Don't worry about them. All you can do is delete them.
-----Original Message----- From: pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pcductape-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Lisa Schnepf Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 11:09 AM To: PCWorks Subject: [pcductape] How does this happen?
I get messages all the time like this, saying that my email didn't get delivered. I'm enclosing the attached text message, so you can see what it is. I never send any of these emails. How/why are they getting my name and email address? Why do they do this, and isn't it ilegal? I don't have a virus. I already scanned. Thanks.
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