On Wed, 1 May 2002, Vince Negri wrote:
> Am I just paranoid, or is it a strange coincidence that
> this virus got posted to the list just after an in-depth
> discussion about the rights and wrongs of HTML mails on
> the vim-dev list?
> After all the poster had to specifically spoof the
> headers in order to get the message to the list.
Nope, you're just paranoid. (But that doesn't mean they're not out to
get you ;) If you read the description of the virus, it automatically
spoofs the headers to make the From: line be someone you have received
email from before. And, in fact, the HTML discussion came up as a reply
to an earlier post of the same virus. So, probably the virus spread to
the list via some vim-dev subscriber's address book, another vim-dev
subscriber contracted it, and eventually it forwarded itself back to the
list again, claiming to be a third subscriber.