Computer Meme Virus?

From: Grant Callaghan (
Date: Sat 26 Oct 2002 - 14:06:38 GMT

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    OK, this could STILL be a hoax, but it's a press release from a PR agency from their client Sophos, an antivirus maker, so probably not.


    Sabrina Chou

    ACCESSUS Marketing Services Inc. 8F-3, 35, Shausing N St., Jungjeng Chiu, Taipei 100, Taiwan Tel + 886 2-2341-8301 Fax + 886 2-2341-8332 E-mail: <>


    Friendly greetings? You might be spreading unwanted email

    - Sophos advises on new email nuisance

    Taipei –October 25, 2002 –Sophos technical support has received a significant number of calls from customersconcerned about a widespread email which invites users to pick up an "E-Card" from a website called

    If users follow the link in the email, they are invited to install an ActiveX control onto their computer. An end-user license agreement (EULA) is displayed stating that by installing the application the user is giving permission to send a similar greeting card to all addresses found in the user's Outlook address book.

    Of course, many users will not read the EULA with enough attention and simply give permission for the ActiveX control to be installed, and thus the emails will be sent.

    The emails arrive with the following characteristics:

    Subject: <Recipient name> you have an E-card from <Sender name>



    <Sender name> has sent you an E-Card - a virtual postcard from You can pick up your E-Card at the website by clicking on the link below.

    <A url at is then displayed>

    <Recipient name> I sent you a greeting card. Please pick it up.
    <Sender name>

    "Of course, it's each user's decision whether they want to run a program like this on their computer. But users should read terms and agreements very carefully before installing any program," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "This application could be considered a nuisance because of the large amount of unwanted email it could potentially generate."

    Sophos recommends companies consider blocking access to non-work-related websites, and educate users to check with their IT department before installing unauthorised code onto their computers.

    About Sophos: Sophos is one of the world's largest specialist developers of anti-virus software. Headquartered in the UK, its products are sold and supported through a global network of subsidiaries and partners in more than 150 countries. Sophos solutions are specifically desgined to protect businesses and organisations from virus attack. The company's products are widely deployed by large corporations, banks and governments.


    Charles Cousins

    Sophos Anti-Virus Asia Pte Ltd

    Tel: (65) 6429-0060

    Email: <>

    Lillian Lin

    ACCESSUS Marketing Services Inc.

    Tel:(02) 2341-8301

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