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Jan 7 2011   1:49AM GMT

Don’t Spread Hoaxes or Inaccurate Warnings



Posted by: Ken Harthun
Tags:
E-mail scam
hoax
virus warning

A whole spate of this floating around today. Hey, people, wake up! This is ancient.

URGENT WARNING TO ALL ABOUT NEW COMPUTER VIRUS
> This information arrived this morning, Direct from *both* *Microsoft
> and Norton *
>
> Please send it to everybody you know who has Access to the Internet. You
>  may receive an apparently harmless e-mail titled *”Here you have it”* If
>  you open the file, a message will appear on your screen saying: ‘It
> is too
>  late now, your life is no longer beautiful…’
>
> Subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC, And the person who sent
>  it to you will gain access to your Name, e-mail and password. This is a
>  new virus which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon. AOL has
>  already confirmed the severity, and the anti virus software’s are not
>  capable of destroying it.
>
> The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself ‘life owner’.
>
> PLEASE SEND A COPY OF THIS E-MAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS, And ask them to
> PASS
>  IT ON IMMEDIATELY ..
>
>  *THIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED BY SNOPES.*

Here’s the real scoop:
It’s no longer applicable and isn’t even true, folks.

It was a real virus, but is no longer a threat. This is months old
(Sept. 2009). Also, the message above is not even close to accurate. 99%
of the “scare mail” floating around the Internet is the result of people
forwarding such stuff.

[9:08:25 AM] !! Ken Harthun (Asst. Host: TIIMG): Here’s the real truth
about it from US-CERT:

“Malicious Email Campaign Circulating

“added September 9, 2010 at 08:46 pm

“US-CERT is aware of public reports of malware spreading via email.
These reports indicate that the malicious email messages contain the
subject line “Here you have” or “Just For You” and contain a link to a
seemingly legitimate PDF file. If users click on this link, they will be
redirected to a malicious website that will prompt them to download and
install a screensaver (.scr) file. If they agree to install this file,
they will become infected with an email worm that will continue to
propagate through their email contacts.”

[9:08:29 AM] !! Ken Harthun (Asst. Host: TIIMG): Note the date.

And, BTW, hackers don’t wipe out hard drives anymore, they’re way too
interested in stealing your data, passwords, account information and, of
course, your money.

If you ever have a question about this, ask me first. I stay on top of
this stuff daily. Several of the Skype rooms as well as Facebook are
cluttered with this bogus message.

Part of my hat as an InfoSec specialist is education. Use me.

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