New Virus - Emails - Please Take Note

hawkey01
7th April 2006, 13:00
This was received today from a very reliable source of mine in the USA.
Please be warned
Regards
Hawkey01

QUOTE:
You should be alert during the next days:
Do not open any message with an attached file called "Invitation", regardless of who sent it.
It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which "burns" the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a mail called "Invitation", though sent by a friend do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.
This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.
This virus simply destroys the Zero sector of the hard disc, where the vital information is kept.
UNQUOTE.
(Cloud)

Gulpers
7th April 2006, 13:12
Thank you hawkey01. (Applause)

Whether this proves to be a hoax or not, you have given us a timely reminder to be on guard, even from known and trusted addresses. (Ouch)

Stuart
7th April 2006, 13:28
Thanks for the warning hawkey01.

Just as a precaution, before I blitzed the company's mailboxes, I Googled "Olympic Torch Virus". There are loads of sites advising that this is a hoax. (McAfee logged it as a hoax on 16th November 2000.)

There are a lot of hoaxes about, and they are all so plausible, but better safe than sorry!

Rgds

Rgds

japottinger
7th April 2006, 14:18
Thanks for the warning hawkey01.

Just as a precaution, before I blitzed the company's mailboxes, I Googled "Olympic Torch Virus". There are loads of sites advising that this is a hoax. (McAfee logged it as a hoax on 16th November 2000.)

There are a lot of hoaxes about, and they are all so plausible, but better safe than sorry!

Rgds

Rgds

The mind just boggles at the kind of people out there.
Jim

hawkey01
7th April 2006, 14:51
After Stuarts comments I have had a surf around and it seems that this is some kind of hoax. The source I received it from is very genuine and I have no reason to disbelieve him. However he must have been taken in as well.
However it maybe worth keeping an eye open in case someone has managed to really make this happens.
Apologies to all for the scaremongering.
Regards
hawkey01 (Ouch)

Gulpers
7th April 2006, 15:04
hawkey01,

Better safe than sorry! (Thumb)

mcgurggle
7th April 2006, 17:27
Info about a 'hoax' is better than no info at all. (Read)
Thanks.
Stay vigilant & survive ! (Thumb)
Regards
McG

thunderd
7th April 2006, 23:44
hawkeye01 no need to apologise, in my opinion you acted as a responsible member of the SN community and warned us of what you saw as a potential danger and we thank you for your concern.

rstimaru
8th April 2006, 13:26
Thanks for that Hawkey we must look out for are selves on the web But Shipmates like we have on SN we have a chance of spotting viruses

KenLin39
9th April 2006, 17:57
Hi all, here is list of all known hoaxes from McAfee. Download Stinger to your Desktop and scan regularly. Ken.

http://vil.nai.com/vil/hoaxes.aspx

coble
20th October 2009, 08:05
do open any juck mail just delete it

tsell
20th October 2009, 08:37
Earlier this year I received an email purporting to have been issued by the Australian Federal Police warning about a virus and requesting that it be forwarded to the recipient's contact list. The heading appeared to be official.

Before I forwarded it I spoke to my computer guy who said it was a hoax and if I did send it then it allowed access to my computer by the hackers who had originated it.

Needless to say I deleted it as with other virus warnings I have received.

Please BEWARE!!

Taff

AncientBrit
20th October 2009, 09:00
Your Bank, your doctor, the police or a department of the Government will PHONE you, not send e-mails. If you dont know the person sending you e-mail, delete the message unopened.

Binnacle
20th October 2009, 09:13
On the thread "Computers & the Internet" Andy from admin has a sticky giving advice on this subject.

non descript
20th October 2009, 10:04
As Binnacle has wisely point out... PLEASE SEE HERE (http://www.shipsnostalgia.com/showthread.php?t=19988)....

Oz.
20th October 2009, 10:30
How many e mails do we see with multiple addresses on top. I got one last week that had 170 !!! addresses from former senders who then forwarded it on. All e mails should have the extra addresses put in the BCC section of the address panel. if not, we are making the addresses available to unscrupulous spam sites. Some spam sites actually pay money for those addresses, so I am told.

Satanic Mechanic
20th October 2009, 10:36
You have to watch for these ones as well(Thumb)

Enjoy:)

THE GEORGE W BUSH VIRUS - Causes your computer to keep looking for viruses of mass destruction

THE JOHN KERRY VIRUS - Reverses every position each time you turn your computer on

THE AL GORE VIRUS - Causes your computer to keep counting, recounting, recounting ... ad nauseam

THE BILL CLINTON VIRUS - Gives you a permanent hard drive, with no memory

THE BOB DOLE/ VIAGRA VIRUS - Makes a new hard drive out of an old floppy

THE LEWINSKY VIRUS - Sucks all the memory out of your computer, then emails your best friends about what it did).

THE RONALD REAGAN VIRUS - Saves your data, but forgets where it is stored

THE MIKE TYSON VIRUS - Quits after two bytes

THE OPRAH WINFREY VIRUS - Your 300 mb hard drive shrinks to 100 mb, then slowly expands to restabilize around 200

THE JACK KEVORKIAN VIRUS - Deletes all old files

THE PROZAC VIRUS - Totally screws up your RAM, but your processor doesn't care

THE ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER VIRUS - Terminates some files, leaves, but will be back


THE LORENA BOBBITT VIRUS - Reformats your hard drive into a 3.5 inch floppy, then discards it through Windows

non descript
20th October 2009, 10:38
How many e mails do we see with multiple addresses on top. I got one last week that had 170 !!! addresses from former senders who then forwarded it on. All e mails should have the extra addresses put in the BCC section of the address panel. if not, we are making the addresses available to unscrupulous spam sites. Some spam sites actually pay money for those addresses, so I am told.

Yes… that is a very valid point indeed and absolutely essential reading. It is also one of the reasons why the Moderators on here take so much care to remove email addresses from posts; a condition put in place by the Site Owner (not the Moderators)

vasco
20th October 2009, 10:46
This was received today from a very reliable source of mine in the USA. .........etc
(Cloud)

The problem with these emails from trusted friends is that they may already contain the virus without the trusted friend realizing. (it could be set to 'burn' at a later time.)

I am always wary about these and usually they are binned as soon as recieved, I never pass them on.

Though any decent av will detect it there may be one that gets through.

djmorton
20th October 2009, 14:23
Thanks for the warning Hawkey10. As stated in subsequent posts "better sure than sorry".
see the following site:
http://www.hoax-slayer.com/olympic-torch-virus-hoax.html

djmorton
20th October 2009, 14:31
Hawkey10,
Forget to mention in my previous post, as Tonga says, see Andy's (Admin)
comments in the Computers and the Internet thread

NoMoss
20th October 2009, 15:34
I recently received an email supposedly from the Revenue and Customs telling me I had a refund and attaching an online form requesting my personal details including my credit card details so they could refund the amount to my credit card!
Naturally I did not do anything of the sort and phoned the Revenue who gave me an email address to forward the phishing email to. The chap at the revenue told me what the email I had received said as he had heard it so many times already.

George.GM
20th October 2009, 16:24
On my Incredimail e-mail system I have a "bounce" facility.
Anything you don't like, just press the "bounce" tit and it is returned to sender saying that you do not exist.

tedc
20th October 2009, 17:00
On my Incredimail e-mail system I have a "bounce" facility.
Anything you don't like, just press the "bounce" tit and it is returned to sender saying that you do not exist.

Hi George!

Not always a good idea.

Suugest you read the following link:_

http://www.spamlinks.net/prevent-secure-backscatter-fake.htm#products

or search on "bounce facilities" and see what others think...!

Billieboy
20th October 2009, 19:34
On my Incredimail e-mail system I have a "bounce" facility.
Anything you don't like, just press the "bounce" tit and it is returned to sender saying that you do not exist.

Bloody good idea that one, I've been using it since it was invented!(Thumb)

coble
21st October 2009, 07:17
delete all junck