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Subject: Re: Hotmail rejections
From: "Michael S. Johnson" <michj @ nausicaa . net>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 10:30:45 -0800 (Pacific Standard Time)
To: list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM
In-reply-to: <3E48C25B . 10933 . 4D389CE2 @ localhost>

On Tue, 11 Feb 2003, Bernie Cosell wrote:

> I've been getting a bunch of bounce messages from hotmail this morning.
> Is there some way to figure out what this is about?  Has hotmail
> decided that my mailing list is spam?

Hotmail Support <support_x @
 hotmail .
 com> replied to my inquiry with a
message implying that I had complained to them about virus-laden e-mail,
specifically something called "W32/Yaha".  There was no such virus on my
list, of course, but it appears to be a form letter (no surprise).

It is likely that handling this virus has temporarily overloaded the mail
servers' ability to accept mail.

Michael S. Johnson   Owner: and Miyazaki Mailing List
michj @
 nausicaa .

On Tue, 11 Feb 2003 support_x @
 css .
 one .
 microsoft .
 com wrote:
> Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2003 05:36:09 -0800
> From: support_x @
 css .
 one .
 microsoft .
> To: michj @
 nausicaa .
> Subject: CST105131634ID - RE:NAUSICAA: error report from MAIL.HOTMAIL.COM (fwd)
>     [ The following text is in the "iso-8859-1" character set. ]
>     [ Your display is set for the "US-ASCII" character set.  ]
>     [ Some characters may be displayed incorrectly. ]
> Dear Michael:    
> Thank you for writing to Hotmail Support.    
> Michael, I am sorry to hear that you are receiving virus e-mail. I
> apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward
> to providing you with assistance today.
> I apologize for the delay in responding to your e-mail. Every message
> that Hotmail receives is very important. Unfortunately, we recently
> received an extremely high volume of e-mail messages and are working
> diligently to catch up.
> I understand your concern towards the virus mail you received in your
> account. I realize that such issues can be frustrating and look
> forward to providing you with assistance today.
> I would like to let you know that the mail you have received is most
> likely related to viruses that is currently spreading on the Internet,
> called W32/Yaha viruses. Such type of viruses mostly affect the
> address book of affected account. These e-mail viruses perpetuate
> themselves by causing e-mail with the virus attached to be sent to all
> the entries in your contacts list without your knowledge. This does
> not necessarily mean that your computer is infected, but that a
> computer is infected that contains your MSN E-mail address in its
> address book or contact list.
> W32/Yaha Virus is a mass-mailing email worm that attempts to to email
> itself to all the contacts in the Windows Address Book, MSN Messenger,
> .NET Messenger and all the files whose extensions contain the letters
> HT. The worm sends an email message to these addresses with itself as
> an attachment using its own SMTP engine. The worm also attempts to end
> the antivirus and firewall processes.
> The "From" address is randomly chosen from email addresses that the
> worm finds on the infected computer. It uses random subject lines,
> message bodies, and attachment file names. The worm tries to copy
> itself to Windows system folder. The reason for receiving the virus
> mail in your account is that the virus has picked up your email
> address on an infected computer and is automatically sending them
> without the knowledge of the person whose computer is infected with
> this virus.
> The virus email message has the following characteristics: 
> The subject line is one of the following: 
> Looking for Friendship 
> Feel the fragrance of Love 
> True Love 
> make ur friend happy 
> Who is ur Best Friend 
> hey check it yaar 
> Check this shit 
> Hello 
> Hi 
> I am in Love 
> I Love You 
> You are so sweet 
> U realy Want this 
> to ur lovers 
> to ur friends 
> Find a good friend 
> Learn How To Love 
> Are you looking for Love 
> Wowwwwwwwwwww check it 
> Check ur friends Circle 
> The world of Friendship 
> Shake it baby 
> How sweet this Screen saver 
> war Againest Loneliness 
> Need a friend? 
> Say 'I Like You' To ur friend 
> love speaks from the heart 
> Let's Dance and forget pains 
> Hardcore Screensavers 4 U 
> XXX Screensavers 4 U 
> We want peace 
> Wanna be a HE-MAN 
> Visit us 
> One Virus Writer's Story 
> One Hacker's Love 
> The Hotmail Hack 
> The body of the mail may contain one of the following: 
> hey, 
> did u always dreamnt of hacking ur friends hotmail account.. 
> finally i got a hotmail hack from the internet that really works.. 
> ur my best friend thats why sending to u.. 
> check it..just run it..enter victim's address and u will get the pass. 
> hi, 
> check the attached love screensaver 
> and feel the fragrance of true love.. 
> Hi, 
> check the attached screensaver.. 
> its really wonderfool.. 
> i got it from 
> Hi, 
> check the attached screensaver 
> and enjoy the world of friendship.. 
> The name of the attachment file can be one of the following: 
> Love.scr 
> Hotmail_hack_exe.scr 
> Friend_finder_exe 
> Be_happy.scr 
> Sweet.scr 
> Shake.scr 
> World_of_friendship.scr 
> Friendship.scr 
> Funny.scr 
> Free_Love_Screensavers.scr 
> The_Best.scr 
> Codeproject.scr 
> SQL_4_Free.scr 
> I_Love_You.scr 
> Hardcore4Free.scr 
> xxx4Free.scr 
> Screensavers.scr 
> Unfortunately, we cannot determine the true source of such mails as
> these has the ability to spoof e-mail addresses. This means that when
> it attempts to send copies of itself out via e-mail (via the infected
> computer's default SMTP server), it chooses a random e-mail address
> from an address book and uses it to send copies of itself to the other
> entries in the address book instead of the e-mail address of the
> infected user. This makes the virus very difficult to track.
> Note: Hotmail detects most viruses, but new ones are created all the
> time. We update our software with McAfee regularly, but as new viruses
> come into being, some viruses may pass through undetected. The best
> way to protect yourself is not to open an attachment from someone you
> don't know or from a suspicious address.
> If your computer has anti-virus protection software installed, we
> recommend that you contact the support group of your anti-virus
> software to get the latest signature file, which can help protect your
> computer. In addition, we also suggest you download the latest
> Microsoft updates.
> To download the latest updates for your Microsoft software, please
> visit the following sites: and
> I hope that the support information I have provided with the reason
> for receiving virus mail is helpful. If you have any additional
> questions or need further assistance, please reply to this message.
> Thank you for your patience.
> Michael, please remember that MSN Hotmail also has comprehensive
> online help--just click Help in the upper right corner.
> Sincerely,    
> Jose   
> MSN Hotmail Customer Support Representative
> --- Original Message ---
> From:  michj @
 nausicaa .
> To:  support_x @
 css .
 one .
 microsoft .
> Sent:  Mon Feb 10 16:59:51 UTC+0900 2003
> Subject:  NAUSICAA: error report from MAIL.HOTMAIL.COM (fwd)
> To Whom It May Concern:
> What is the nature of this outage?  Is this the same bug that rejected
> mail on August 24th, 2002 for several days?
> -- 
> Thanks,
> Michael

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