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From "Andrew C. Oliver" <acoli...@apache.org>
Subject Re: viruses from committer addresses
Date Tue, 23 Apr 2002 22:58:27 GMT
So it sounds like the best solution is to upgrade to Linux and replace
all exchange servers with something more secure.  Thanks for the tip. 
I'll immediately implement it on my home computer.....oh wait..... ;-)

-Andy

On Tue, 2002-04-23 at 16:54, Nicola Ken Barozzi wrote:
> From: "Ovidiu Predescu" <ovidiu@cup.hp.com>
> 
> > On Tue, 23 Apr 2002 20:21:49 +0200, Christian Haul
> <haul@dvs1.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de> 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...
> 
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> Nicola Ken Barozzi                   nicolaken@apache.org
>             - verba volant, scripta manent -
>    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)
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