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Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

Outline
Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called "Invitation Fb" or "Invitation FACEBOOK" 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: 28th October 2011
First published: 3rd August 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Examples
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


PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware..... Do not open any message with an attachment called: Invitation FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone you had in your address book .. That's why you should send this message to all your contacts. It is better to receive this email 25 times to receive the virus and open it .. If you receive a mail called: Invitation FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, do not open it and delete it immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. A new virus has been discovered recently that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. It is a Trojan Horse that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in. Once you install it, it's all over. And there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information of their function is saved.




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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References
Olympic Torch Invitation Virus Hoax
Virtual Card For You Virus Hoax
Black in the White House Virus Hoax



Last updated: 28th October 2011
First published: 3rd August 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer