The 'Great Gas-Out' e-mail virus.
It has come to the attention of NC Gas Rebate, Inc. that an e-mail has been circulating
recently on the Internet. The so-called 'Great Gas-Out' e-mail requesting North Carolinians
and U.S. citizens nationwide to refrain from purchasing gasoline April 7 - 9. 2000.
If you have received a copy of this particular e-mail, you should not open it. Further,
anyone who receives this e-mail is strongly advised to delete it immediately. The Center for
the Study of Internet Viruses, (CSIV), discovered a computer virus contained in the e-mail.
The virus is designed to attach itself to any deleted items from your computer in the last
120 days. Sometime between the designated dates of April 7 - 9, 2000, the virus will
forward all previously deleted items, including pictures, games, e-mail and any documents
to your ISP provider with all of your personal information attached. Any previously deleted
confidential documents; e-mail or pictures will be made available. In order to clear their
system, your ISP will have to individually open each item before deleting it from their
There is no current fix for the virus. The only sure way to avoid the impact from the virus is
to unplug and disconnect your computer from the Internet between the target days of April
7 - 9, 2000. Simply unplugging your computer or disconnecting from the Internet will only
delay the virus until the next time you reboot your computer.