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TrishDaDish
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I have recieved an email labelled L.L. Bean Newsletter, subject line "The Thickest, Thirstiest Towels."
Inside is nothing but code, not even a fake L.L. Bean looking letterhead. Also included is an attachment, reading:

GeorgeW.doc.scr

My computer warned me it was a virus, then proceeded to shut it off so I couldn't be an idiot and try opening it anyway. I went to MSN for help, and they taught me how to get the IP #, etc and send it to the company it originated from. I have informed MSN, COX(where it came from), and even sent a message of this to good old Snopes, but now that I'm a member, you're more than likely able to hear it faster here.

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Jaeger
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I only marginally follow what's happening on viruses, but are there any that infect and forward valid emails? I received an email with that title from LL Bean, and it was a genuine newsletter, not a virus.

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Finite Fourier Alchemy
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quote:
Originally posted by Jaeger:
I only marginally follow what's happening on viruses, but are there any that infect and forward valid emails? I received an email with that title from LL Bean, and it was a genuine newsletter, not a virus.

None of the most recent viruses do such a thing.

It's possible a very old virus or a new variant sprung up. I really don't know any decent way to search through thousands of virus reports by searching for behavior like this, though, so I can only speculate.

Alchemy

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