McCarty and Peters McCarty_and_Peters at
Tue Nov 27 23:16:24 EST 2001

Frank et al.,

Thanks for confirming that someone else has been hit.  We suffered no
damage here, but did wonder about several recently received messages.

For those on the list who wish to learn more about this worm, go to:

to see its effects and how to get rid of it.

>> The attached virus-file was identified as setup.exe.rdc<<

Actually, its a worm called w32.badtrans.

>>  and sender is called Jose M. Castello (surely a false name!) <<

On the contrary, Sr. Castello did participate on this list in the past

One aspect of this worm is that it replies to a message which has not been
replied to before.  In other words, if an exchange of messages ends because
there is nothing more to say, it is possible that the worm will pick the
last message in the thread and reply to it.

One message that we received here had the appropriate subject line for the
earlier exchange.

>> I was unable to identify the email address of the sender, however, there
are  people working on it. <<

We had no trouble reading the addresses.  They may not be valid at this
point, but they were certainly readable....


At the risk of incurring the wrath of list members, I would respectively
suggest that if you do not have virus software installed, or worse, if you
cannot bother to keep it up to date, please do not subscribe to this list,
or any other.  

Yes, there are undoubtedly some "starving students" who subscribe to the
list, as well as participants from outside the US for whom virus software
is a relative luxury.  However, I hope that they are the minority and that
they will be as careful as possible regarding viruses.  Many of us on this
list will gladly offer concrete suggestions for taking such care, if asked.


To Jim Hendee and the list operators, this worm came to light only
recently.  However, Norton responded with new virus definitions within 1
day, despite the holiday.  I'm sure that other AV software companies did
the same.  We all need to pay attention.  I hope that no one else
experienced anything more than a minor annoyance.  If not, check the URL
above for instructions on how to remove the virus.

Yours for safer computing,

Chip McCarty
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