Hoax Virus Emails
Posted on June 28th, 2004 - Jason Foss
This morning I received an email advising me to be on the lookout for the WTC Survior virus. It does all the usual things, deletes your hard drive, microwaves your cat… You’ve heard it before.
The most important thing you can do when you receive such an email is check it for yourself. A good spot to visit is the Norton Antivirus website. There, in all its glory, you’ll find out the legitimacy of the warning. And details of this partcular example are here.
Funny thing about emails – it seems that if it comes in an email it must be true. People who forward these messages on would not (most of the time) beleive anything they heard in real life, but if it’s on the computer, well, it is somehow more authoritative. Don’t believe anything you read in an email!
It reminds me of the person who once told me that they’d taken the word “gullible” out of the dictionary…