Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 10:12:20 -0400
Reply-To: Lary Jones <ljones@BINGHAMTON.EDU>
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From: Lary Jones <ljones@BINGHAMTON.EDU>
Subject: Re: FW: New Virus
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At 09:34 AM 7/13/98 -0400, William M. Bailey wrote:
>Subject: FW: New Virus
>> Subject: Virus Warning
>> Author: PMMS@compuserve.com at #SMTP
>> Date: 7/1/98 9:31 AM
>> Be aware!!!!!!
>> If you receive an e-mail entitled "WIN A HOLIDAY"
>> DO NOT open it.
This is one of a number of *HOAXES* which purport that reading e-mail will cause a virus to infect your computer. As of this time, the simple act of reading e-mail does *NOT* pose any danger. Executing or using attached files *MIGHT* infect your computer if the attachement is a program, a Microsoft Word document, or and Access database file.
The DataFellows site (http://www.datafellows.com/vir-info/) reports:
Hoax warnings on the run
This page is considered the industry standard information
source for new virus hoaxes and false alerts. Bookmark now.
Hoax warnings are typically scare alerts started by malicious people - and passed on by innocent users who think they are helping the community by spreading the warning.
If you can't find the hoax you're looking for from this list, also check our searchable virus description database. If you still can't find what you need,
e-mail us. But do note that we generally add only virus-related hoaxes to this list.
List of known hoaxes:
WIN A HOLIDAY hoax
Sandman homepage warning
Bill Gates Email Tracking chain letter
Open:Very Cool hoax
Penpal Greetings hoax
Join the Crew
Join the Club
Returned or Unable to Deliver hoax
Bud Frogs warning
Francesca chain letter
AOL4FREE.COM hoax and A4F-Spoof trojan
Cancer chain letter
Matra R-440 Crotale April fools joke
YUKON3U.mp JPG hoax
Microsoft home page hoax
Meme or Anti-CDA hoax
WIN A HOLIDAY hoax
This is a false warning of a malicious e-mail which does not exist.
Here's an example of the hoax.
If you receive an email titled "WIN A HOLIDAY" DO NOT open it.
It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this
letter outto as many people as you can. This is a new, very
malicious virus and not many people know about it. This
information was announced yesterday (16/2/98) morning from
Microsoft; please share it with everyone that might access the
internet. Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE in your
address book so that this may be stopped. Also, do not open or
even look at any mail that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE TO
DELIVER" This virus will attach itself to your computer
components and render them useless. Immediately delete any
mail items that say this. AOL has said that this is a very
dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this
time. Please practice cautionary measures and forward this to
all your online friends = ASAP.
Ignore this hoax warning and do not pass it on.
Lary Jones % Statistical Computing Analyst
Computing Services % ..........................
Binghamton University % LJones@Binghamton.EDU
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 % (607) 777-2879