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Issue 106 - September 2010 - Page 10

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email

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Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax

Outline
Post circulating via Facebook warns users not to open any message about "a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall" because the message contains a self-replicating Trojan virus.



Brief Analysis
The warning is a hoax. There is no virus with the characteristics described in this bogus warning message. Reposting the message serves only to spread false information.

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Last updated: 13th August 2010
First published: 13th August 2010
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
WARNING !! WARNING !! EXTREME VIRUS THREAT!!

If you see anything about A GIRL WHO KILLED HERSELF OVER SOMETHING HER FATHER WROTE ON HER WALL!!! ***DO*** NOT*** OPEN***

YOU will NOT be able to delete This self -replicating Trojan virus!!

PLEASE PASS ALONG QUICKLY BEFORE SOMEONE ......OPENS IT !!"



Detailed Analysis
Yet another "virus warning" message is currently circulating via Facebook. The posts warn Facebook users to watch out for any message about "a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall". According to the "warning", opening such messages will unleash a "self-replicating Trojan virus" that the user will not be able to delete.

However, the warning is a hoax. Security firm, Sophos, has confirmed that there is no virus (or Trojan) like the one described in this bogus warning message. People are reposting this warning in the belief that they are helping friends and family members avoid a dangerous computer security threat. In reality, perpetrating the hoax will help no one and may actually cause more problems than a genuine threat. In an August 6, 2010 blog entry about this hoax, computer security expert Graham Cluley notes:
Ironically, the warning about the hoax is spreading faster and wider, and is probably more of a nuisance, than any genuine infection. For those who care about such things, viruses and Trojan horses are different types of malware - it's not possible to have a virus which is a Trojan horse. And by their very nature, Trojan horses cannot be self-replicating.

Furthermore, there's no such thing as malware that you can't remove so the claim that it "will not allow you to delete it" is nonsense too.
If this pointless hoax message comes your way, please do not pass it on to others. Passing on such hoax warnings does nothing more than spread misinformation.

This hoax warning may have arisen out of other widely circulated Facebook rumours about a young woman who allegedly killed herself after being bullied on Facebook. Some versions of the rumour suggest that the girl killed herself because of comments made on Facebook by her father or mother. Moreover, Internet rogues are now exploiting these rumours - and the fake virus warnings - by setting up bogus Facebook pages that promise to provide all the shocking details about the supposed suicide - as soon as the user has "liked" the page, shared it with others, and provided personal details on a scammy third party website.

Before you pass on any virus warning you receive via social networking websites or email, be sure to check if the warning is valid.

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References
Girl who killed herself virus hoax spreads on Facebook
Beware of Dubious Facebook 'Free Offer' Groups
Should Virus Warning Emails be Forwarded?



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Issue 106 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Olympic Tower 2016 - Rio Solar City Tower Design
  2. Canadian Refugee Pensions Protest Hoax
  3. Financial Ombudsman Services Scam Email
  4. Snake Inside Computer Photographs
  5. New Gifts For You Facebook Virus Warning
  6. Luxury Yacht With Supercar - Buy One Get One Free
  7. 'Dislike Button' Scam Targets Facebook Users
  8. Rachel Arlington Charity Hoax
  9. Multicoloured Roses - Happy Roses Photograph
  10. Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax
  11. Baby Shot With Brad Nailer Prayer Request
  12. Free Doritos Coupons Hoax
  13. Orphanage Trust Job Offer Scam
  14. Giant Headed Baby Money For Forwarding Hoax
  15. Parrot For Sale or Adoption Advance Fee Scams
  16. Imitinef Mercilet - Free Blood Cancer Medicine Advice Message
  17. Famous Violinist Joshua Bell Plays At Metro Station
  18. Furong Reservoir - Giant Man Eating Catfish Hoax
  19. 'Interesting Fact' About August 2010 - 5 Sundays, 5 Mondays, 5 Tuesdays
  20. Cindy Hogman (or Hogan) Prayer Request Email