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Bob Dole
12-10-2004, 08:13 AM
Let's all join together this holiday season and do our part to put this stupid HOAX to rest once and for all.

This HOAX has been circulating since late 2000, and is nothing but a HOAX.

If you receive a copy of this HOAX (common version of the HOAX content is included below), please do not forward the message to everyone in your address book, and choose "reply all" and inform the sender that it is a HOAX and include this link:

http://securityresponse.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/virtual.card.for.you.html

Here is common text of the HOAX:

PLEASE BE VERY ALERT AND DILIGENT!!

> WORST VIRUS EVER ---CNN ANNOUNCED PLEASE SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON
> YOUR CONTACT LIST!!

> A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by Microsoft
> as the most destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon
by McAfee and no vaccine has yet been developed. This virus simply destroys
> Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its functioning
> are stored.
>

This virus acts in the following manner:

> It sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title:
> "A Card for You".
> As soon as the supposed virtual card is opened the computer freezes so that
>the user has to reboot. When the ctrl+alt+delkeys or the reset button are
> pressed, the virus destroys Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the
> hard disk. Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic in New
> York, according to news broadcast by CNN.
> This alert was received by an employee of Microsoft itself.
> So don't open any mails with subject: "A Virtual Card for You."
> As soon as you get the mail, delete it!! Even if you know the sender.
> Please pass this mail to all of your friends.
> Forward this to everyone in your address book. I'm sure most people, like
> myself, would rather receive this notice 25 times than not at all.

Contrary to the statement in the last sentence of this HOAX, "most people" would NOT like to receive an infinite number of copies of this HOAX. What "most people" should do, is be responsible netizens and take 10 seconds to research this crap or instead of hitting FORWARD and then selecting ALL, maybe forward to an IT professional and ask if it's true.

P.S. - Craig Shergold doesn't want your ****ing business card.

KCTitus
12-10-2004, 08:59 AM
This hoax was travelling the net as early as 1996 as far as I can recall--or maybe Im thinking of 'Good Times' hoax.

Rain Man
12-10-2004, 09:22 AM
Wow. That sounds like a pretty bad virus. I just let everyone in my company know. Thanks for the warning!

Bob Dole
12-10-2004, 09:55 AM
Wow. That sounds like a pretty bad virus. I just let everyone in my company know. Thanks for the warning!

Sweet.

Bob Dole had "Rain Man" in the office smartass response pool.

Dartgod
12-10-2004, 10:01 AM
I ain't doing shit until I get my $28,256 check from Bill Gates for his Beta Email Tracking Application.

Oh, and my free vacation from Disney...

Dartgod
12-10-2004, 10:02 AM
Sweet.

Bob Dole had "Rain Man" in the office smartass response pool.
Dammit. If I had got out of my meeting sooner, I would have won. :cuss: :banghead: