More info on virus / Admin reminder (Dan Ellis )

Subject: More info on virus / Admin reminder
From:    Dan Ellis  <dpwe(at)ICSI.BERKELEY.EDU>
Date:    Wed, 12 Nov 1997 18:12:59 PST

A few more details on the virus in the Postdoc Position Ad. Thanks to Dick Pastore for alerting us all so promptly! The particular virus in the document is known as "WM.CAP" and it is a Word Macro Virus. The file attached to the message is a Microsoft Word document; if you decoded it and then opened it in Microsoft Word 6.x (Mac) or Microsoft Word 95 (Windows), it will have infected your system unless you have specifically installed protection from such viruses. These viruses are not particularly threatening, but should be eradicated none-the-less. One symptom of being infected by any Word macro virus (I believe) is that all your Word documents become "templates", since only templates can carry the macro-language routines that constitute the virus. On the Mac, templates have a different icon with a right-pointing arrow on them. When you try to "Save As..." a document, the plain document format is disabled - you're obliged to save it as a template. If you don't run Word 6.x or Word 95, or if you didn't decode the attached file and view in one of those versions of Word, you are in no danger of being infected. If you are infected, or think you might be, you can find disinfection tools and information at the following web addresses: Microsoft has a page describing the general problem of Word macro viruses at including a downloadable tool to protect yourself from infection, and to scan for and remove at least one virus of this kind. I don't know if it removes the WM.CAP virus, but it probably does. You can learn more about this particular virus on the web at or by searching for "WM.CAP" in your favourite internet search engine. This page is part of the Dr.Solomon Anti-Virus Toolkit site; I use their software on my Mac and it caught the virus very efficiently. It also "cured" the file so I was able to open it in Word without danger. I can confirm that the message is simply the same context as the plain-text version of the original message, which I repeat below in case you are reluctant to view the original message. * While I have you all on the line, let me repeat the "aperiodic admin reminder": - - - - - - - - - - ~/AUDITORY/aperiodic-reminder - - - - - - - - - - Subject: Aperiodic admin reminder From: Dan Ellis <dpwe(at)ICSI.BERKELEY.EDU> Here's a reminder of some administration details for the email list AUDITORY(at)VM1.MCGILL.CA: Messages for the entire list should be sent to AUDITORY(at)VM1.MCGILL.CA (case doesn't matter). As an "anti-spam" measure, the Listserver will reject messages if it doesn't recognize the "From:" address in your message as exactly matching one of the list recipients. Regrettably, this results in a lot of false alarms; if you have trouble posting, please just let me know so I can fix your address. Requests to be removed from the list, notifications of changed details, or inquiries from people wishing to join the list should be sent to me at: auditory-request(at) which is simply forwarded to dpwe(at) . The biographical database as well as an archive of postings are available on the web and via ftp. The entire member database (over 700k, plain ascii text) is at: This page should probably be treated as privacy-sensitive, so please don't make web links to it. It is 'hidden' from casual browsing. The home page for the list is: which includes links to the postings archives, as well a few other resources. (The postings archives are also available in the same FTP directory as the member-list, in files named postings-1993, postings-1994 etc.) -- DAn Ellis <dpwe(at)> International Computer Science Institute Berkeley CA - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Here is the original text of the postdoc announcement, which matches the content of the virus-infected document. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Functional MRI of Human Auditory Cortex Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences Washington, DC A postdoctoral position is available in the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition of the Georgetown Institute for Cognitive and Computational Sciences (GICCS) to perform functional magnetic resonance imaging of the higher auditory pathways in humans. A brand-new 1.5T Siemens Vision scanner is available, including Medx and BrainVoyager software, as well as SGI and other workstations. A psychoacoustics lab for the development of acoustic stimuli exists as well. The main thrust of our research is to investigate the neural coding of complex sounds, including speech, in functionally specialized areas of the human auditory cortex, and to explore the hypothesis of dual processing streams for auditory space and auditory patterns in the higher auditory pathways. Parallel studies are being performed in animal models, including awake behaving primates, using single-unit neurophysiology and optical intrinsic signal imaging. Candidates with substantial knowledge of psychoacoustics preferred. Knowledge of imaging techniques desirable but not required (training can be provided). GICCS is located in a new research building on the handsome campus of Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Georgetown University is one of the oldest academic institutions in North America and has a strong commitment to the neurosciences. Various collaborative ties exist with researchers at the nearby National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and with the University of Maryland. Please send applications (c.v. and names of two referees) to: Prof. Josef P. Rauschecker, GICCS, NRB, WP15, 3970 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC, 20007-2197; e-mail: josef(at) or rauscheckerj(at) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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