Re: HOAX HOAX HOAX
> Apparently we are the victims of a hoax.A hoax is a false alarm. This is worse than a hoax. This is actually
a do-it-yourself virus!
There's a rather clever DIY virus that reads something like, "I'm a
do it yourself virus. Please format your own hard drive now!" At
least it's obvious that one is just a joke.
I would encourage everyone to research any "virus warnings" they
receive by email. Go to any established antivirus software company's
website (such as www.antivirus.com) and look up the warning. There
are many hoaxes and DIY viruses out there. Some of these even claim
that "McAfee says it's real bad and there's no cure," but the person
forwarding it didn't bother going to McAfee's website which would
have revealed McAfee already knows it's a hoax.
- Hello Everyone,
Interesting timing. I also just received some
good references for determining if something
is a hoax. I have pasted it below...
One thing I always like to advocate...
"Practice Safe Hex!"
>From ON Magazine, January 2002__________________________________________________
>Too Good To Be True
>Do Not Forward This E-Mail If...
>1. It relates something that happened not to a friend,
>but to a friend of a friend.
>2. It urges you to forward it to your entire address
>3. It claims to be "TOP SECRET!!" or something equally
>4. It insists, "This is not a hoax." It doth protest
>5. There is no way to verify its claims or to contact
>the original sender.
>6. It is chock-full of generalities and vague
>7. It promises easy money. Would a stranger offer
>something for nothing?
>8. It threatens bad things if you do not forward it.
>9. It claims it is providing information being
>withheld by the press, the government, the health
>establishment and so on.
>10. It sounds too weird--or too good--to be true.
>How to Get the Skinny on Just About Anything
>The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of
>Claims of the Paranormal looks at all sorts of hoaxes.
>From the Department of Energy, this site is especially
>good at exposing chain letters and fake giveaways.
>The best site for exposing health-related scams.
>Uncannily accurate, and written with wit and style,
>this is the most reliable source for getting the
>Strong on verifying inspiring tales and pleas for
>This comprehensive site details six variants of the
>Klingerman virus--and offers chat.
>The archives of the alt.folklore.urban newsgroup.
>Where to learn about computer viruses, real or fake.
>Also check out mcafee.com and symantec.com, which sell
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