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Subject: Re: UKNM: Love bug bust
From: Ray Taylor
Date: Tue, 16 May 2000 11:07:06 +0100

<Tim [dot] Haywardatjwt [dot] com> asks:

> How do think it worked that out? Perhaps there was a little bit of code
> sorted out whether the recipient left the lavatory seat up or down.

I'm only guessing, but if there was a degree of sex discrimination (down
Stefan!) then it could have been done reasonably accurately by name - eg
Tim=m, Tara=f, Alex=?

If it helps the anecdotal research (which I gather JWT's parent company WPP
is quite keen on, Tim ;-) then two people in our office were hit, both men,
both apparently by women. (Both deleted the email, of course.)

I thought it was a clever trick that the code should be disguised as a .txt
even though it was not difficult to spot it for what it was. But why, oh
why, can't some of the many millions we spend on anti-virus software be used
for research and development aimed at spotting the potential for email

Presumably because that sort of thing in a shrinkwrap would put bespoke
firewall suppliers out of business.

I guess virus software suppliers are content to wait until the damage is
done before doing anything about it rather than pre-empting attacks.

Ray Taylor

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