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March 15, 2004

Dear Atari.Org reader,

due to a new Microsoft Windows virus outburst, fake E-mails seemingly coming from are spreading.

Atari.Org is not the sender of these mails, we're not running Microsoft Windows and hence we're not infected.

The virus e-mail looks something like the example below, which was sent to our own mailbox (, please also notice that there is a binary attachment (Microsoft Windows excuteable file):

Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:13:54 +0000
Subject: E-mail account disabling warning.
   1 Shown    10 lines  Text
   2          12 KB     Application

Dear user of,

We warn you  about some attacks on your e-mail account. Your computer may
contain viruses, in order to  keep  your computer and e-mail  account safe,
please, follow the instructions.

Further details  can  be obtained from  attached file.

Kind  regards,
   The team                    

    [ Part 2, Application/OCTET-STREAM (Name: "Attach.pif")  16KB. ]
    [ Cannot display this part. Press "V" then "S" to save in a file. ]

Indeed, it seems to be coming from us, but looking a bit closer at the headers reveal something else:

Delivery-date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 17:12:57 +0200
Received: from ([] helo=ixtreme)
        by with smtp (Exim 3.35 #1)
        id 1B0MR6-00055X-00
        for; Mon, 08 Mar 2004 17:12:56 +0200
Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2004 15:13:54 +0000
Subject: E-mail account disabling warning.
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed;

Here we can see that some user on a cable connection is the actual virus sender.

How to prevent this?

Well, change away from Windows. There are free virus-liberated alternatives to chose from.

However, one thing you can always be sure of:
Atari.Org will never be sending you Windows executable files (com, exe, pif..). If you receive anything like that, it's not from us.

Thanks for reading,
Atari.Org Staff

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