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VIRUS ALERT: W32/Goner-A worm spreading widely [Dec. 4th, 2001|05:19 pm]
Peter Sheil
Just received

hope none of you get it

EMERGENCY ALERT: W32/Goner-A worm spreading widely

Sophos has received a number of reports of users
receiving a new, in-the-wild, virus called

Sophos has issued protection against W32/Goner-A,
and is recommending customers update their copies
of Sophos Anti-Virus to protect against it.

W32/Goner-A arrives as an email attachment with the
following characeteristics:

Subject: Hi

Message text:
How are you ?
When I saw this screen saver, I immediately thought
about you
I am in a harry, I promise you will love it!

Attached filename: GONE.SCR

To read more about W32/Goner-A and download protection
please visit the Sophos website:


Sophos recommends customers adopt a policy of "safe
computing" in conjunction with up-to-date anti-virus
software to reduce the threat of computer viruses. For
more details please see:



Sophos Anti-Virus

From: wicketgate
2001-12-04 01:41 pm (UTC)
This is spreading really fast at work, even after repeated warnings, ARGH!!!
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[User Picture]From: petersheil
2001-12-05 12:33 am (UTC)


now if only there was a virus that went around removing all the other viruses (viri?) Only problem would be that someone would corrupt it and either put a virus or a trojan in it.

Whilst I can relate to the hackers desire to get into systems (no comment officer and any way in my day the word hacker meant something different) but not to the desire to break things. It all seems a bit like a kid deliberately throwing toys around. What does it achieve? "Look I can crash all these computers and mail systems" - but so what? Now if they actually fixed security holes that wouldbe another matter - "Hackers breach NASA systems to fix security problem" is a headline we will never see :)

Maybe the anti-virus companies sponor virus writers to keep the business coming in? ;) Perhaps it /is/ all a big conspiracy after all. The truth is out there :)

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