Referat V i r u s H o a x e s First of all I want to give a short definition of a virus hoax: A virus hoax is a false warning about a computer virus. Typically, the warning arrives in an e-mail note or is distributed through a note in a company s internal network. These notes are usually forwarded using distribution lists and they will typically suggest that the recipient forward the note to other distribution lists. History of hoaxes Since 1988, computer virus hoaxes have been circulating the Internet. Form this time on virus hoaxes have flooded the Net. With thousands of viruses worldwide, virus paranoia in the community has risen to an extremely high level. It is this paranoia that fuels these false warnings. A good example of this behaviour is the Good Times virus hoax which started in 1994 and is still circulating the Internet today. Instead of spreading from one computer to another by itself, good times relies on people to pass it along How to identify a hoax There are a few characteristics which help to spot a hoax: It s a warning message about a virus (or occasionally a Trojan) spreading on the Internet. It s usually from an individual or from a trustworthy company, but never from a cited source. It warns not to read or open an email message with a special subject (like Good Times ) or download the supposed virus and delete the message. It describes the virus as having horrific destructive powers and often the ability to send itself by email. It urges to alert everyone you ...
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