Info on Computer Virus's and Hoaxs

John Misasi (
Mon, 29 Sep 1997 17:37:56 -0400 (EDT)

Since this topic came up i thought i would let all who are within e-mail
hearing range to know where they can find out if a virus claim is real or
not. It turns out the good old Department of Energy maintains a web page
devoted to virus warnings and attempts to separate real from hoax
warnings. The address of the page is

I have also seen lists at Symatec's (makers of Norton Antivirus) web site:

John Misasi
Department Engineer
Biomedical Engineering
Boston University

On Mon, 29 Sep 1997 wrote:

> re: the "Danette -n- Murray" statement about e-mail virus,
> >This is a hoax. Please DO NOT forward this type of message, as it >causes
> >serious problems for mail servers, which is the intent.
> I've been told (during earlier warnings) that it is impossible to
> transmit a virus through an E-MAIL MESSAGE, but it is possible through an
> ATTACHMENT -- so don't open any document that is "attached" to an e-mail
> message if you haven't requested it and/or it is not sent by someone you
> know (with a "verified" address, since anyone can send an "unverified"
> message out, pretending they are whoever they want) and trust. {And, of
> course, a virus could be sent by accident, even in an attached file that is
> not *intended* to be damaging.}
> So is this true? (virus possible by attachment, but not e-mail)
> Craig