In this PC Magazine article, Christmas Virus Makes the Rounds, Sebastian Rupley reports on 12/14/2004:
“Security firm MessageLabs, which tracks millions of e-mail messages each year and posts graphical propagation data on the Web, is warning of a fast-moving new virus that is spread through Christmas greeting messages. MessageLabs had intercepted 25,000 copies of the W32/Zafi.D-mm virus, a variant of the Zafi family of viruses by Tuesday morning. The first copy was intercepted Monday, so the virus is relatively new. It ranked sixth in terms of number of infections on MessageLabs’ Top Ten Viruses list as of Tuesday morning.”
Therefore, if you are planning to send a Christmas greeting by email this year, please do all of us a favor and make sure that it is sent as simply a plain text message so that we can receive your greetings without having to fear that the cutesy HTML message contains a virus. It’s not nice to find a virus in your Christmas stocking!