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Guts to Say Jesus Virus Hoax

Outline
Message warns that an email with the subject "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus" carries a virus that will erase everything on your hard drive.



Brief Analysis
This message is a hoax. There is no virus like the one described in the email. This false virus warning should not be forwarded to others.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.





Last updated: 11th May 2010
First published: 7th June 2004
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example:(Submitted, June 2006)
Subject: Fw: MAJOR VIRUS WARNING

WARNING! THIS IS NO JOKE

PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR.

If you receive an email titled:

"It Takes Guts to Say Jesus"

DO NOT OPEN IT.

It will erase everything on your hard drive. This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than "Melissa," and that there is NO Remedy for it at this time.

Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on the hard drive.

It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It destroys Macintosh and IBM coimputable computers.

This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book and please share it with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat may be stopped.

Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to your computer. Forward this warning to everyone you know who might access the Internet.

IBM Information Systems




Detailed Analysis
This long-running hoax message claims that a virus that arrives with an email with the subject line "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus" is so destructive that it will erase all data on the hard-drive of the infected computer.

The information in the email is completely false and should be ignored. There is no virus that has the characteristics outlined in this bogus email.

This hoax first made its appearance way back in 1998, and has become one of the most widely distributed of all email virus hoaxes. There are several variations of this hoax, all equally false. An older variant of the hoax is included below.

If you receive the Guts to Say Jesus email, please inform the sender that the message is a hoax and do not send it to others. There are a number of hoax emails that distribute information about non-existent computer viruses. If you receive a virus warning via email, always take the time to check the truth of its claims at a reputable virus or hoax information website before forwarding it to others.

Example of Guts to Say Jesus hoax submitted in 2003:
VIRUS WARNING !!!!!!!

If you receive an email titled "It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus,'" 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 IBM; 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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References
Trend Micro: Guts to say Jesus Hoax
Symantec Security Response - Guts to Say Jesus Hoax
Virus Hoaxes

Last updated: 11th May 2010
First published: 7th June 2004
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer