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Date:         Wed, 15 Oct 2003 15:33:54 -0700
Reply-To:     Sally Zitzer <>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Sally Zitzer <>
Subject:      Re: Swan virus  (ie, from Arsenetta)
Comments: To: "Paparodopoulos, Nikos" <>
In-Reply-To:  <5BA49D8F15EDD41181F3006094B230F8A0335C@MAILNN>

I've received a couple of those emails too and apparently there is no virus associated with them. Instead, it is spam from a company selling anti-spam software! They want you to buy their software. From what I learned on the internet, someone on this list is using the software and our email addresses were obtained that way. The product is called SpamArrest. Here is the web site which explains what is going on:

It sounds as if anyone who posts on this list will receive the spam, but if you are a lurker you are safe.

At the bottom of the page under Suggestions there are some ideas on how to avoid being spammed by SpamArrest.

Sally in Seattle University of Washington, Computing and Communications

On Wed, 15 Oct 2003, Paparodopoulos, Nikos wrote:

> Dear List, > > I have been receiving the same mail (Arsenetta). I have also deleted all of > these e-mails. > > Is there any way that List can be protected from similar unwanted > "visitors"? > > Regards > > Nikos > > -----Original Message----- > From: Cardwell, Susan [] > Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:42 PM > To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: Re: Swan virus > > > I received the email twice yesterday....we have an excellent system here to > detect and delete virus attachments. my system did not detect anything, > however, I deleted both mails and my computer is not infected. > susan > > -----Original Message----- > From: Staffan Lindberg [] > Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 5:38 AM > To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: SV: Swan virus > > > I also got my recent posting to the list returned with a message from > "Arsenetta", trying to make me click on a link "Spamarrest". I've scanned my > computer, no virus discovered. Besides we have a very efficient antivirus > system. Any other getting this? > > best > > Staffan Lindberg > National Institute of Public Health > Sweden > > > -----Ursprungligt meddelande----- > Från: Frederic Villamayor [] > Skickat: den 15 oktober 2003 11:43 > Till: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Ämne: Re: Swan virus > > > Dear co-listers, > Hanna is right, since the problem is not on her side. But someone is spying > the list since its very strange that some messages arrived to me with the > subject heading identical to my last reply to Hanna's question to the > SPSSX-L list and today another message, with another of the subject headings > of one of my latest contributions to the list has arrived to me. This > messages are identical, inviting me to visit some web site > ( that would solution spam problems on my computer. > Furthermore, in the last weeks, hundreds of messages containing the Swan > virus have also arrived to my mailbox. Fortunately, the corporate network > anti-virus checked all of them and eliminated the dangerous attachments (but > for two or three messages, who were able to pass the controls). The > simultaneous arrival of these two kind of messages and the use of the > subject heading from messages distributed to the list make me suspect that > someone in the list is infected. Did anyone else has similar problems? I'm > sorry if this is not really a problem coming from SPSSX-L, but any help will > be wellcome. > > > Frederic Villamayor > Departamento de Toxicología > CIDF Ferrer grupo > > > > > Hanna Zaremba <> > Enviado por: "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> 15/10/2003 > 11:09 Por favor, responda a Hanna Zaremba > > > Para: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > cc: > Asunto: Swan virus > > > Dear colleagues, > > I am very sorry that my letter was distributed to many of you with Swan > virus, but I I'd like to inform you that my computer is not infected by Swan > virus. I do not really know where is the source of the infection but it was > not my fault. There is an antivirus system in my company and every mail are > checked and those with viruses are blocked. I was very astonished, that my > mail cause a problem to some of you. Anyway, I have checked my computer for > viruses and I can ensure you that my computer is virus free. > > > > Hanna Zaremba > > CBOS Warszawa > > > > > > Dear Frederic Villamayor > > Thanks for your help. I'd like to tell you, that jour address is not and has > never been in my address book. I'm not the sender of the letter with the > virus. The virus must have been attached somewhere on the way. This is the > cost which we pay for free access to the Internet. > > Two or three month ago my mailbox was attacked by 50 000 junk mails from > someone from the SPSSX-L. J hope everything will be fine for you. Best > regards. > > Hanna >

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