03-05-2004

04NR09 - MRF E-Mail Alert Subcriber Precautions

MRF E-MAIL NEWS
Motorcycle Riders Foundation
P.O. Box 1808
Washington, DC 20013-1808
202-546-0983 (voice)
202-546-0986 (fax)
http://www.mrf.org (website)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Teri Stobbs, MRF Director of Communications
teri@mrf.org (e-mail)

March 5, 2004

#04NR09 - MRF E-Mail Alert Subscriber Precautions

Unfortunately, a few of the MRF's E-Mail Alert subscribers received an e-mail yesterday with a title with the word "Hokki" containing an attachment that appeared to have been sent from the MRF. I apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused, and I thank all of you who notified me so promptly for your patience and understanding. I can assure you that this e-mail did not originate from me, the MRF, or the MRF's Internet Service Provider. It was a "spoof" e-mail that appeared to have come from "fxrc91@aol.com," which is my former e-mail address that is no longer valid.

Because of the extreme steps the MRF takes to protect its e-mail distribution list, there has not been an incident like this in almost two years. Fortunately, a large number of our subscribers have very good anti-virus protection and the e-mail was not delivered to their computers. Another bit of good news is that the attachment containing the potential virus was password protected, so those of you whose anti-virus protection did not filter this message were unable to open the attachment. After consulting with the MRF's Internet Service Provider, I would like to assure you that the MRF's e-mail distribution list has not been compromised. As a precautionary step, however, additional security for the list has been implemented.

As Director of Communications for the MRF (and the person who sends the e-mail alerts), let me stress to all of you that the MRF NEVER sends an e-mail alert to our subscriber list with an attachment. If you receive an e-mail that is or appears to be from mrf-news@mrf.org or broadcast@mrf.org and it contains an attachment, DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY! E-mails of this type with attachments DO NOT originate from the MRF, and they more than likely contain a virus.

Although the MRF has taken every step possible to protect our subscribers from receiving e-mail viruses, it is unrealistic to think that we can provide security for every possibility. Each time a virus protection program is updated, someone out there with too much time on their hands finds a new way to infiltrate it. There are literally thousands of viruses floating around these days. In fact, because my e-mail address is posted on our website and is so widely distributed worldwide through the position I hold with the MRF, I receive spam and e-mails with viruses attached to them anywhere from 5 to 15 times a day! It is a nuisance, but it is also a fact of computer life!

There are, however, several things you can do to protect yourself from these viruses. Below are a few tips that might help:

1. BE SURE YOU HAVE AN UPDATED VIRUS PROTECTION PROGRAM ON YOUR COMPUTER THAT AUTOMATICALLY UPDATES REGULARLY! I cannot stress this enough. In this day of multitudes of viruses, you MUST protect yourself with a virus protection program that updates regularly. Both Symantec (Norton) and McAfee have really good, yet inexpensive, virus protection programs.

2. If you receive an e-mail with an attachment (particularly an attachment that ends in .exe or .bat) and you were not expecting an e-mail with an attachment from that individual, send them an e-mail to confirm that it is legitimate BEFORE you open the attachment. This applies to e-mails you receive from people you know, as most viruses infiltrate e-mail address books and send themselves out to everyone in that infected computer's address book. It only takes a minute to confirm that the attachment is something that individual intended to send you, and it can save a lot of headaches.

3. If you receive the exact same e-mail with the exact same title from more than one person, it is probably a virus as well.

You can find much more information about computer viruses, virus protection software available, and how to protect yourself and your computer by going to your computer's search engine and simply typing in the words COMPUTER VIRUS.

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The first motorcyclists' rights organization to establish a full-time legislative advocacy presence in Washington. The Motorcycle Riders Foundation is the only Washington voice devoted exclusively to the street rider. MRF established MRFPAC in the early 1990s to advocate the election of candidates who would champion the cause of rider safety and rider freedom. MRF proudly claims state motorcyclists' rights organizations and the very founders of the American rider rights movement among its leading members. Motorcyclists worldwide can thumb-start their search for rider rights and safety on the web at www.mrf.org.

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