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Fw: goldfish

Beware of any e-mails with the word "goldfish" in the subject line. Such things as "Fw: goldfish" with messages such as "check the attach" really aren't a good idea to open! See anti-virus measures for more about avoiding such problems! And, if you've already opened a "goldfish" message and are worried that your computer has caught a virus, you can buy some anti-virus software here!

Quite why the word "goldfish" was chosen by the virus-writers in the first place is another mystery. I don't think it's got anything to do with the personal loans firm Goldfish nor anything to do with fish. It's probably just one of those strange things about the evolution of history on the Internet, in the same sort of way that the problem of bulk e-mail got named after a type of canned meat (see spam).

Attachment: goldfish.bmp ... .scr

----- Original Message -----
[your address here]
[your address here]
Sent: Monday, April 21, 2003 9:48 AM
Subject: goldfish

Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable

Hi Dear
Check the attach
See u

Enjoy the attachement

In this example, the subject is "goldfish", and the message has been sent to a harvested address. The attachment appears to be goldfish.bmp (presumably a photo of a goldfish or something similarly innocuous), but it is NOT! The file is actually goldfish.bmp ... (and then a very long line of spaces) ... .scr and this makes it an executable. If you've run that, you need this!: anti-virus software