Anti-virus researchers have issued a warning against a new virus
which they have dubbed "Eternal Damnation." This worm,
based almost entirely on Sircam, contains messages similar to those
of its predecessor. These messages include "Hey! I has a great
deal for you" and "Here is the link you ask from me." The
most common message, with a 55% chance of being used, is "Now
you be just like Larry Ellison."
The attachment is a modified version of Sircam, which, after sending
itself to all the user's contacts, opens the default browser to "www.sell-your-soul.com" and,
using private information found on the user's machine, automatically
sells their soul to Satan, with a legally binding virtual contract.
The user may then be redirected to either one of 5 random porn sites,
or to the "So you've just sold your soul to Satan" homepage.
When questioned about this virus, Satan replied, "I have nothing
to do with this. I set up that web site to make things easier for
people who wished to sell their soul to me, but apparently some idiot
is trying to make me look bad. Oh, well, whenever that person dies
and comes to hell, I'll have a word with them. I'll give them a fit
torture for the rest of eternity. I'm thinking the Ever-Crashing
Server or the 300 bps AOL connection."
Satan has offered to look into the list of people who have been
unwillingly registered. "Unfortunately, I can't promise anything," said
the Prince of Darkness. "Some of the people who have sold their
soul to me in the past are now trying to get out of it by saying
they were victims of this new virus. I have to do a deep background
check. I mean, I even got Carrot Top trying to say he was accidentally
registered by the virus. Yeah, right!"
There are a few flaws in the virus, though. The user must be connected
to the Internet when the attachment is opened, and must have port
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