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the photo file posted at 9:57 is a virus. do not open it.
the file is planted
THANK YOU !! 22.Aug.2002 22:17

a pdx indy editorial guy

BIG PROPS to the people who pointed out the post on the newswire that had a link to a virus in it !! The post has been hidden, as well as a later post that talked about the virus and had a link to the original post in it.

A Virus? 22.Aug.2002 22:28

the lady of sorrow...

that's just great! :(
Guess I better see how to fix the damage now as I opened it before the notice came up.

Probably the pro-bush cyber bandits trying to screw indy over..terror tacticts huh. Dirty bastards!

Thank-you Big Profs--- 22.Aug.2002 22:44

Gadfly gadfly@aracnet.com

I got caught as this planted virus invaded my computer and completely took over my internet browser with multiple browsers and loud commentary about the content within the browser to the point where I had to reset the computer to stop the memory overload. Recovery ok...much kudos to the folks who caught this and the quick respone of Portland Indymedia's editorial folks to hide this file and make clicking on the link safe again...

Was it really a virus? 22.Aug.2002 22:53


Uh..... Folks, if someone posts a picture to a website like indymedia.com and you click on an indymedia.com link to pull up an indymedia.com web sub page, you're not likely going to be exposed to a virus. It's not impossible (more on that in a second), but the fact is, virus programs transmit ONLY in executable code. A picture file like a JPG or GIF generally can't infect a computer. There's a very simple way to guard against getting viruses when surfing the web:

1) Set your browser setting to maximum security (look under "tools" and then "internet options" when using internet explorer); this will block all forms of executable code that can come through when looking at a web page, but be advised that this will prevent you from being able to use some sites that require cookies -- like some newspaper sites like NYTimes.com or eBay.com or other places that are god damn militant about forcing cookies down the throats of users

2) Assuming you have set your "maximum security" setting for specific browsing, you can always turn it back to whatever you had it on before

3) Don't click on links that have direct file extensions at the end of the link (e.g., www.example.com/yo/badstuff.exe

4) Use anti virus software for web surfing

All of the above will help you avoid the vast majority of virus threats that are webpage-born

Not having the opportunity to look at the page that was reported to have the virus link, I can't comment on it. But I do wonder if it really did have a virus or if someone was duped. Scaring people is a psyop technique ala cointelpro, and if you folks take a bit of time to learn about how viruses transmit, you'll never have to worry about some bozo pulling the wool over your eyes; and will be able to spot bogus psyops (like the porn postings)

to anti-cointelpro 22.Aug.2002 23:06

a portland indy editorial guy

"virus" is probably a misnomer, yes, and thanks for pointing that out. but clicking on the story was definitely doing something screwy that was adversely affecting the functionality of the site, so it was best to hide it. thanks for posting the tips about how to make it not happen.

Anti-cointelpro 22.Aug.2002 23:30


My screen went black and then came up blue saying asking if i wanted to "fix" the problem in the temp. internet files. My security setting is "high" and I have updated norton with a fire wall. It definitely was an .exe although i have no idea how how I was redirected without clicking on a link.