I too would say drop it completely... with a small caveat and maybe a
While 99.999% of this crud is worthless, there are, on occasions,
situations where a user in one place sends a note from his/her computer to
someone at UVM that DOES have importance or good intent. After all, many
others "out there" get infected but life goes one (albeit sometimes s l o
w l y).
If we simply drop these messages, it might pose a challenge for those
communicating to determine if the mail went through at all.
The suggestion: would it be possible at all to simply maintain a dirt
simple web list of deletes, something along the lines of:
Date From To Subject
That way, if person X in Europe is trying to send to person Y at UVM, and
there is a repeated failure for Y to get the note (and I have dealt with
this situation quite a few times....) we can at least look at this log and
see that 'Oh yeah, X DID send a note to Y on Date Z but it had a
virus'. Then, we have something useful to share with those persons.
This would, I think, help avoid the problem of "it must be the network" or
something like it in cases where a genuine effort was being made to
communicate across a distance.
On Mar 30, 2004, Frank Swasey wrote:
FS. I would like to solicit comments and opinions from the community about
FS. whether we should deliver or delete email that is found to contain a
FS. In our current environment, we will remove the virus from the email and
FS. modify the subject to include the phrase "[VIRUS REMOVED]" to indicate
FS. that a virus was found and deleted.
FS. What do you think? Should we continue in this way or just delete the
FS. Thank you for your consideration,
FS. Frank Swasey | http://www.uvm.edu/~fcs
FS. Systems Programmer | Always remember: You are UNIQUE,
FS. University of Vermont | just like everyone else.
FS. === God bless all inhabitants of your planet ===