[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index][Subject Index][Author Index]
that e-mail virus hoax
This hoax will probably never be stamped out, but here's one more try:
None of the below has any basis in fact. You can't send an executable virus
by e-mail. If you could, we'd be reading about it on the front page of the
newspaper, assuming they could get a newspaper out :-)
>1) A new computer virus is being sent by email, it is entitled:
> JOIN THE CREW
> If you open it it will erase everything on your hard drive.
>2) Another new virus is entitled:
> RETURNED or UNDELIVERED MAIL
> If you really get undeliverable mail it will come back as "Undelivered
>Mail" in the subject line.
Oh, that's a new and terrifying twist.
>3) The old one to remember is entitled:
> PENPAL GREETINGS
>Without all the details, any of these will destroy your hard drive and/or
>your boot sector data. In addition, some of them will automatically forward
>to all the email addresses in your mailbox, if you open them.
> Please pass
>this message along to everyone else on your email list.
And of course, please do NOT pass the scare along. This is how the hoax
spreads - the HOAX itself is a virus, and it is vectored by well-meaning,
uncritical people with lots of e-mail pen pals.
Steve Jackson - yes, of SJ Games - yes, we won the Secret Service case
Learn Web or die - http://www.sjgames.com/ - dinosaurs, Lego, Kahlua!
The heck with PGP keys; finger for Geek Code. Fnord.