Updated: 25 August 2001
Email viruses hit Chebucto users
Email viruses continue to cause trouble for
Chebucto text and Chebucto Plus users.
Windows 2000 and Windows NT users are vulnerable to the Code Red and Code
Red II worms. There is a software patch that protects these users from
these worms and instructions for applying the software patch here:
Another worm, this time affecting Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express
users is the W32/SirCam worm, which copies a random file from a
Windows user's My Documents folder then mails the file and itself to
addresses it finds in Windows address books used by Microsoft Outlook or
Outlook Express or in web pages cached by Internet Explorer. Emails will
have a random subject line and the message text will commonly say:
Hi! How are you?
I send you this file in order to have your advice
See you later. Thanks
This text can vary, or be in Spanish.
Chebucto text users are immune from this virus unless they download and
open the attached file. Graphical access users are strongly advised
to not open attachments without checking them with a good anti-virus
program with virus definitions updated no earlier than mid-July 2001.
Since this message can come from a trusted friend who does not know they
are infected, ALL attachments should be virus scanned. Under no
circumstances should your email program be set to open attachments
automatically. Users of graphical email clients other than Outlook or
Outlook Express are not immune from this virus.
More information on this virus is here:
Yet another virus is contained in a letter about fairy tale character Snow
White, again targets Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express users and as
with the first virus, Chebucto text users cannot become infected unless
they download and run the attachment. Graphical access users should virus
scan ALL attached files regardless of the source before opening
them. Under no circumstances should your email program be set to open
attachments automatically. Users of graphical email clients other than
Outlook or Outlook Express are not immune from this virus.
Typically a letter will arrive from the fake address email@example.com
with a short story about Snow White turning 18 and the Seven Dwarves
giving her some kind of naughty surprise, which is presumably contained
in the attached file. The file can have many names, such as midgets.scr,
or dwarf4you.exe or joke.exe, among others. The attachment is actually the
Hybris W95 worm and will send copies of the Snow White letter to any
addresses that pass through your internet connection, whether from web
pages you have viewed or letters you have sent out. The Snow White letter
can come in many different languages.
More information is here:
The Chebucto Community Net strongly recommends that all Chebucto Plus users have anti-virus software
and that they keep their virus definitions updated frequently, no less
than once a month.
An excellent source of information is Chebucto UserHelp Team Leader Norman
De Forest's Anti-Virus page, which includes links to more information
and help in fixing an infected computer:
Chebucto User and Neighbourhood
Due to the recent spate of internet viruses and similar mischief, the
Chebucto Policy Committee has recommended these changes to the Chebucto
Community Net User Agreement and Neighbourhood Account agreements:
Agreements to be updated
Rephrased Clause 2
Use of CCN, its services and privileges may be suspended, restricted or
removed by CCN, without notice, for any activity which CCN, in its sole
discretion considers to be a violation of the letter or spirit of this
Agreement or for any other reason that CCN may consider to be compelling.
New Clause 8
(Clauses 8 - 13 become 9 - 14)
CCN reserves the right to screen incoming and outgoing mail and/or data
for files containing computer viruses, trojan horse programs, worms or
other data in any form designed to disrupt the operation or function of
computer systems. CCN reserves the right to screen incoming or outgoing
mail for unsolicited bulk and/or commercial email. CCN is under no
obligation to screen incoming or outgoing mail and/or data and will not be
responsible for any direct, indirect, incidental or consequential damages
sustained in relation to any screening or failure to screen incoming or
outgoing mail and/or data.
The new clauses are designed to help Chebucto cope with new viruses and
new virus infection patterns in a speedier manner in the future. The
present Chebucto User Agreement can be found
and the present Neighbourhood Account Agreement can be found
or concerns about these new clauses, which will be voted upon at the next
Chebucto Board meeting, August 28, 2001, may be sent to
CCN Policy Committee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Chebucto Vice Chair Resigns
James Carroll, popular Vice Chair of the Chebucto Community Net Society
has resigned due to his new job in Ottawa moving him away from Halifax.
James was originally hired to help Chebucto run a member survey and became
heavily involved in volunteer duties, joining the Chebucto Board and soon
after the Board Executive Committee, where he served as Treasurer,
Secretary and Vice Chair in quick succession.
A powerhouse of an organizer, when you could catch him as he whizzed past,
James' ready wit and sense of fair play will be missed.
Outlook user email advisory
After the recent wave of viruses specifically targetting users of
Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express email programs, and the constant
stream of user complaints about randomly altered program settings and
difficulty using the program, the Chebucto Community Net Office and the
Chebucto Technical Committee recommend our users do not use either Outlook
or Outlook Express as their email program.
Windows Users can find a selection of email programs available for
here and Macintosh
users can find a selection of email programs
New Chebucto By-Laws now in
The new Chebucto Community Net Society By-Laws approved by
Special Resolution at this year's AGM have been approved by the Provincial
government and are now in effect. The new By-Laws can be found
and through the Chebucto text service by using the g)o bylaws shortcut
(when in Lynx, type gbylaws then hit Enter or Return).
Chebucto gets a new domain name!
Chebucto has acquired the new domain name chebucto.ca. This new name can be
used for web page addresses on Chebucto as well as email addresses on
Chebucto. The existing domain name chebucto.ns.ca will still work
for both web page addresses and email addresses and there is no plan to
discontinue it. Users are advised to only use chebucto.ns.ca to
subscribe to mailing lists due to the configuration of outgoing mail from
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