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Issue 118 - September 2011 - Page 15

Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

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Outline
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" because it will launch an "Olympic torch" virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.



Brief Analysis
The claims in the warning are utter nonsense and should not be reposted. The warning is nothing more than a Facebook driven variant of an old hoax email that has circulated since 2006.

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Last updated: 3rd August 2011
First published: 3rd August 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
VIRUS : Do not open a message with an attachment called Invitation Fb regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch and will take the whole hard disk C of your computer. This virus has been received from a friend: Delete the invitation immediately. This VIRUS is classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever, and there is no fix for this yet.PLEASE circulate THIS.

Invitation FB Hoax Message




Detailed Analysis
According to yet another "virus" warning that is rapidly making its way around social network Facebook, users should watch out for messages with an attachment named "Invitation Fb". The warning claims that the attachment contains an Olympic torch virus that "will take the whole hard disk C" on the infected computer. The message further claims that this virus has been classified by Microsoft as the worst ever.

However the claims in the message are total nonsense. There is no virus like the one described in the warning. In fact, the message is nothing more than a Facebook flavoured variant of a tired old virus hoax that has circulated via email since 2006. As the following example of the 2006 email version reveals, the two are clearly woven from the very same cloth:
You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message with an attached filed 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 is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
And the original Olympic Torch hoax was itself derived from an even earlier hoax email that began circulating more than a decade ago. Several other hoax messages based on the same "Olympic Torch" theme have circulated since 2006. None have contained even a shred of truth.

Spreading false virus warnings will help nobody. If this hoax message appears on your Facebook page, please do not repost it. And please help to stop its spread by informing the poster and other users that the message is a hoax.

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Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax
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  2. Amazon Account Review Phishing Scam
  3. 'May God Bless This Kind Person' Spyware Hacker Warning Hoax
  4. Diego Mendez Prayer Request
  5. 'Numerous Spams Activities from a Foreign IP' Webmail Phishing Scam
  6. Hoax - Professional Hacker 'Faceb Hu' Taking Control Of Computers Via Friend Requests
  7. ACH Payment Canceled Malware Email
  8. Fake Child Abduction Alert - Three Year Old Missing from Wollongong
  9. Request to Change Facebook Status to Support Injured Biker George
  10. Bogus Health Warning - Scratch Card 'Silver Nitro Oxide' Coating Causes Skin Cancer
  11. Bogus 'Free Items for Participating' Facebook Events
  12. Overblown and Outdated Warning - Facebook Instant Personalization
  13. Drano Bottle Bomb Warning Message
  14. Hotel "Wrong Transaction" Malware Emails
  15. Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax
  16. Warning - ALDI External 4-in-1 Hard Drive Contains Built In Malware
  17. DEW Bottled Water Fatal Poisoning Hoax
  18. Unfounded Rumour - Facebook Friend Request Warning - People Trying to Access Photos of Children
  19. Massive Mound of Writhing Rattle Snakes
  20. eBay 'Trusted Selling with Identity Confirmation' Phishing Scam