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RE: FW: Virus Alert -Forwarded

The Win a Holiday virus is a hoax.  Check out:


The attached also gives some pretty good information to verify such
notices in the future.  Enjoy.


Janette Lutz, P.E., CHMM			mailto:jal@iti.org
Energy and Environment Center	Phone	734-769-4062
Industrial Technology Institute		Fax   	734-213-3405

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From:	Ringer, Rhonda 
> > Sent:	Tuesday, June 09, 1998 7:44 AM
> > To:	FMB Group
> > Subject:	FW: Virus Alert
> > 
> > 
> >  If you receive an email titled "WIN A HOLIDAY" DO NOT open it. 
> >   It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter 
> >   out to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious 
> >   virus and not many people know about it. This information was 
> >   announced yesterday morning from Microsoft; please share it with 
> >   everyone that might access the internet.
> >   Once again, pass this along to everyone in your address book so 
> >   that this may be stopped.
> > 
> > 	
> > 
> > 

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> ********************************************************************
> 	   Gullibility Virus Spreading over the Internet!
> ********************************************************************
> WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Institute for the Investigation of Irregular
> Internet Phenomena announced today that many Internet users are
> becoming infected by a new virus that causes them to believe without
> question every groundless story, legend, and dire warning that shows
> up in their Inbox or on their browser. The Gullibility Virus, as it is
> called, apparently makes people believe and forward copies of silly
> hoaxes relating to cookie recipes, E-Mail viruses, taxes on modems,
> and get-rich-quick schemes [perhaps conspiracy theories should be
> included here].
> "These are not just readers of tabloids or people who buy lottery
> tickets based on fortune cookie numbers," a spokesman said. "Most are
> otherwise normal people, who would laugh at the same stories if told
> to them by a stranger on a street corner."  However, once these same
> people become infected with the Gullibility Virus, they believe
> anything they read on the Internet.
> "My immunity to tall tales and bizarre claims is all gone," reported
> one weeping victim.  "I believe every warning message and sick child
> story my friends forward to me, even though most of the messages are
> anonymous."
> Another victim, now in remission, added, "When I first heard about
> 'Good Times,' I just accepted it without question.  After all, there
> were dozens of other recipients on the mail header, so I thought the
> virus must be true." It was a long time, the victim said, before she
> could stand up at a Hoaxees Anonymous meeting and state, "My name is
> Jane, and I've been hoaxed." Now, however, she is spreading the word.
> "Challenge and check whatever you read," she says.
> Internet users are urged to examine themselves for symptoms of the
> virus, which include the following:
>  * the willingness to believe improbable stories without thinking
>  * the urge to forward multiple copies of such stories to others
>  * a lack of desire to take three minutes to check to see if a story
> is true
> T. C. is an example of someone recently infected.  He told one
> reporter, "I read on the Net that the major ingredient in almost all
> shampoos makes your hair fall out, so I've stopped using shampoo."
> When told about the Gullibility Virus, T . C. said he would stop
> reading e-mail, so that he would not become infected.
> Anyone with symptoms like these is urged to seek help immediately.
> Experts recommend that at the first feelings of gullibility, Internet
> users rush to their favorite search engine and look up the item
> tempting them to thoughtless credence.  Most hoaxes, legends, and tall
> tales have been widely discussed and exposed by the Internet
> community.
> Courses in critical thinking are also widely available, and there is
> online help from many sources, including
>  * Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory Capability at
>    <http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html>
>  * Symantec Anti Virus Research Center at
>    <http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/index.html>
>  * McAfee Associates Virus Hoax List at
>    <http://www.mcafee.com/support/hoax.html>
>  * Dr. Solomons Hoax Page at
>    <http://www.drsolomons.com/vircen/hoax.html>
>  * The Urban Legends Web Site at <http://www.urbanlegends.com>
>  * Urban Legends Reference Pages at <http://www.snopes.com>
>  * Datafellows Hoax Warnings at
>    <http://www.Europe.Datafellows.com/news/hoax.htm>
> Those people who are still symptom free can help inoculate themselves
> against the Gullibility Virus by reading some good material on
> evaluating sources, such as
>  * Evaluating Internet Research Sources at
>     <http://www.sccu.edu/faculty/R_Harris/evalu8it.htm>
>  * Evaluation of Information Sources at
>    <http://www.vuw.ac.nz/~agsmith/evaln/evaln.htm>
>  * Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources at
>    <http://refserver.lib.vt.edu/libinst/critTHINK.HTM>
> Lastly, as a public service, Internet users can help stamp out the
> Gullibility Virus by sending copies of this message to anyone who
> forwards them a hoax.
> *******************************************************************
> Forward this message to all your friends right away!  Don't think
> about it!  This is not a chain letter! This story is true!  Don't
> check it out!  This story is so timely, there is no date on it!  This
> story is so important, we're using lots of exclamation points!!!  For
> every message you forward to some unsuspecting person, the Home for
> the Hopelessly Gullible will donate ten cents to itself. (If you
> wonder how the Home will know you are forwarding these messages all
> over creation, you're obviously thinking too much.)
> *******************************************************************
> Found floating around in my inbox....

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