[R] S & R list virus warning

Jonathan Baron baron at cattell.psych.upenn.edu
Sat Apr 27 18:55:46 CEST 2002

On 04/27/02 11:54, Paul Gilbert wrote:
>It appears that someone has harvested email addresses from the S-news or
>one of the R lists and is sending out viruses. The mail does not come
>from the lists, but appears to come from people on these lists.

I am quite sure that this is not intentional.  This virus is
spread through people's computers.  The virus itself finds the
email addresses and harvests them.  I get about 50 of these per
day, from all over the place.

The From addresses do not even tell you whose computer is
infected.  There is nothing we can do.  Just delete them.  If you
use a Unix mailer like Mail, Elm, or Mutt, you can recognize them
instantly because the attachment is improperly done and shows up
as garbage.

And if you have a Windows computer, you can do the world a favor
by making sure it is properly secured.  (Or get an accelerator
for it, one that accelerates at 9.81 m/s^2.)

Jonathan Baron, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
Home page: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~baron
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