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This one is extremely virulent. I have watched it spread through three
steps in just a few hours here in Denmark today (May 31). Each step
involved a multiplication by a factor 30 - 50.
A friend called me on the phone a few hours ago, very alarmed, and asked me
what to do about this virus. He was somewhat suspicious, that's why he
called me for advise. It took me only a few minutes of research to confirm
his suspicions, but alas, he had allready forwarded it to more than 50 people.
At 16:27 30-05-01 -0700, you wrote:
>Just got this URL forwarded to me about an email virus that spreads
>memetically (by which I mean that it just persuades people to forward it,
>rather than executing code on the receiving machine that causes it to be
>spread) but that, unlike any other examples of memetically-spreading email
>viruses I'm aware of, may do damage to the recipient's machine by provoking
>the recipient to delete an important system file that the email labels as a
>dangerous virus. Sneaky!
>This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
>Journal of Memetics - Evolutionary Models of Information Transmission
>For information about the journal and the list (e.g. unsubscribing)
M. Schwartz, Ph.D.
This was distributed via the memetics list associated with the
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