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I didn't sign up for this s**t!

Yahoo regrets to announce ... an outbreak of computer viruses!


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Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2005 19:31:10 +1100

A recent service announcement was sent out to Yahoo Groups and members with the following subject:
    Subject:  Yahoo Service Announcement - outbreak of computer viruses
The text of the message was as follows:
    Dear Yahoo! Groups Members,

    Due to a recent outbreak of computer viruses being transmitted via
    email messages on the Internet, Yahoo! Groups is experiencing
    delays in delivering group messages. Additionally, a recent virus
    is generating emails which appear to come from Yahoo! Groups.
    These messages state that "your email account has been temporarily
    disabled", or that "our main mailing server will be temporarily
    unavailable for the next two days" and more. These messages are
    not official notifications from Yahoo! but rather are generated by
    a virus on another person's computer.

    To improve performance, and to help reduce the spread of viruses
    to our users, Yahoo! Groups has had to temporarily reject some
    messages. Based on an advisory posted by a leading anti-virus
    company, Groups will temporarily reject messages with the
    following subject lines:

        test
        hi
        hello
        Mail Delivery System
        Mail Transaction Failed
        Server Report
        Status
        Error
        E-mail account disabling warning.
        E-mail account security warning.
        Email account utilization warning.
        Important notify about your e-mail account.
        Notify about using the e-mail account.
        Notify about your e-mail account utilization.
        Warning about your e-mail account.

    If you have received a message rejection notice with a link to
    this page, but did not attempt to post a message to your group,
    your computer may have been infected. If you are confident that
    your computer is not infected but your message was rejected,
    please try posting a new message with a subject line different
    than those listed above.

    We can assure you that this is only a temporary measure and hope
    to restore message delivery to normal as soon as possible.

... (etc, etc, etc) ...

Let's try and read the hidden meanings from this message.

In such a cautiously worded document, it is unlikely to find the one recommendation that really would make a difference to Yahoo and their customers ... Stop using Microsoftware to connect directly to the Internet!

Meanwhile it seems as if there were 75 visitors to this blog last month. So far this month there have been 44 visitors, so the hits are slowly building ...


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