somebody on the list launched the attachment on the original message, which used SMTP on their NT/2000/XP box to deliver copies of the message (and attachment) to everyone on their address book including deb-sparc mailing list. the attachment had a .com extension, but it was .com the dos/win application type, not a .com URL. their MS Exhange mail server's AV software or someone else's intercepted the affected attachment and did a Reply-All auto-response (which includes the list). here's the Network Associates / McAfee website with more info on this specific Windows NT/2000/XP ONLY non-malicious, but annoying, virus.
I've gotten it sent to me at least 10 times today, and i even forwarded
it to firstname.lastname@example.org before i read up on it...like an idiot...but at least
i didn't open it.
it might bounce around the list a couple of days, but i doubt it...
"...Now what's 'it' seems weird and strange...It'll happen to you too." -- Abraham Simpson