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From "Nicola Ken Barozzi" <>
Subject Re: viruses from committer addresses
Date Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:54:32 GMT
From: "Ovidiu Predescu" <>

> On Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:21:49 +0200, Christian Haul
<> wrote:
> > is it just me or are the rest of the team also receiving bogus emails
> > pretending to be from another committer bearing sensible cocoon
> > subject lines? (Bless terminal based mail user agents!)
> >
> > Does Apache sport a public key infrastructure?
> I've noticed these messages too, they started few days ago. It appears
> the virus writers took the emails from public Web archives, and they
> send the messages so they appear as coming from one of persons from
> the headers. All the messages I received come from people I sent to or
> received emails from.
> It's pretty scary, since you may be led into believing the other
> person sent you an email. The messages contain attachments only for
> now, but I'm sure they'll get more refined, and do copy/paste from old
> messages to be more realistic.
> I'm on Linux and I always look at the attachments as text, so that's
> no problem for me. Others may not be as lucky though.
> Also I wonder why do they target open source? Is it possible that
> someone out there wants us to become virus victims and not be able to
> do useful work?

Well, it doesn't seem something that well devised, since the viruses are DOS
.bat files, screen-savers and programs camouflaged as pif files: ie. gross
wintel viruses.

Which is a strange thing to send to an OS community, which has much is more
Linux friendly...

Nicola Ken Barozzi         
            - verba volant, scripta manent -
   (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)

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