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Subject: Cute new hoax
From: "William Silvert" <wsilvert @ ipimar . pt>
Organization: IPIMAR
Date: Thu, 31 May 2001 14:38:07 +0100
To: "list-managers" <list-managers @ GreatCircle . COM>
Reply-to: "William Silvert" <wsilvert @ ipimar . pt>

After I posted my comment about innovative new directions in virus attacks,
the following warning appeared in my mailbox:

----- Original Message -----
> The following hoax email ... asks recipients to delete the Sulfnbk.exe
file.

I don't know whether I will bother posting advice about this to any lists,
but it shows that the SOBs who propagate viruses are ingenious - this is so
much like the standard procedure for cleansing many viruses that I suspect
that some people would be taken in by it. After all, the key to computer
sabotage is to get the user to do something dangerous, and con men have a
long record of being able to fool people.

In any case, it is this sort of development that I think we should be
prepared to warn subscribers about. If hoaxes of this sort become
widespread, and not well-publicised, they are legitimate grounds for
postings.

Bill Silvert




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