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   Inappropriate post (was Re: DANGER ... beware the "ILOVEYOU" email)

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: 04 May 2000 15:24:01 -0400

MarkH@i2.co.uk writes:

> If you get any emails with the subject ILOVEYOU don't open them. They
> contain a malicious worm that is propagating a dangerous virus that is
> causing havoc with computers everywhere today (4 May 2000). It is not yet
> trapped by norton/drsolomon etc.

a. This is the wrong forum to post messages like this.  Please, no one
   post virus or worm warnings on XML-Dev (there are dedicated mailing
   lists and Web sites for this kind of warning).

b. It's true, this is a real MS Outlook worm (not a virus, but close
   enough), but many of these warnings are bogus.

> You might like to forward this email to your friends.

No, no, no, no, NO!!!  

That just makes the problem worse, by clogging already-clogged mail
servers (and by encouraging the more gullible to forward the next 20
phoney warnings they receive as well as this real one).  If you're
worried about your friends, phone them or walk across the hall and
visit their cubicles in person in you're in the same office.

Grumpily yours,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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