[R] S & R list virus warning

mikalzet@libero.it mikalzet at libero.it
Sun Apr 28 10:37:02 CEST 2002

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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.

A few days ago a mail apparently sent from me with a virus attachment was
brought to my attention, I quickly came to the conclusion that the 'From:'
address was spoofed but it is comforting that this hypothesis is

As a linux user I thought I was immune from the nasty effects of the
world virus epidemic, but it seems that at least indirectly it affects

Viral spoofing is really a nuisance. In the limited environment of
mailing lists it could perhaps be defeated by use of gpg or
pgp-signed mail and automatic cancellation of false or unsigned
messages ... but I'm afraid this wouldn't be practical, and wouldn't
really eliminate the problem, as a similar policy would have to be
applied to the whole of internet to succeed.

- -- 
Michele Alzetta

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