Issue 39 - Hoax-Slayer Newsletter
Issue 39: 23rd September, 2004
This week in Hoax-Slayer:
ShadowCrew.com Terrorist Prank Email
Shadowcrew.com is yet again the target of pranksters. The site has endured a variety of prank emails over the last few months. The latest offering claims that Shadowcrew.com is selling a "large selection of bombs and different kinds of rockets". The information contained in this email is completely false and should be disregarded.
Another disturbing hoax email
targeted Shadowcrew.com earlier in the year. In this instance the email masqueraded as a bill from Shadowcrew for three months access to child pornography. Yet another prank email targeting Shadowcrew.com claimed to be an account suspension notice
The motivation for these prank emails is not clear. It may be an attempt by disgruntled users to discredit the Shadowcrew.com site or simply a misguided attempt at humour. In a world gripped by the continuing threat of terrorism, the email is in exceedingly poor taste, whatever the underlying motive.
Similar prank emails
have targeted another website,
Welcome to our web site
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Please use http://18.104.22.168 in case of our domain outage.
You're invited to shop for large selection of bombs and different
kinds of rockets such as surface-to-air, surface-to-surface and
weaponry available at reduced price. With the following types of
rockets you will be able to commit terrorist attacks, destroy
buildings, electric power stations, bridges, factories and
anything else that comes your mind. Most items are in stock and
available for next day freight delivery in the USA. Worldwide
delivery is available at additional cost. Prices are negotiable.
Please feel free to inquire by ICQ # 176928755 or contacting us
******* AIR BOMBS *******
OFAB-500U HE fragmentation air bomb
Fuel-air explosive air bombs -Not in stock
BETAB-500U concrete-piercing air bomb
ZB-500RT incendiary tank
500-KG SIZE RBK-500U unified cluster bomb
RBK-500U OAB-2.5PT loaded with fragmentation submunitions
RBK-500U BETAB-M loaded with concrete-piercing submunitions-Not
RBK-500U OFAB-50UD loaded with HE fragmentation
******* UNGUIDED AIRCRAFT ROCKETS *******
Main-purpose unguided aircraft rockets
S-8 unguided aircraft rockets
S-8BM-Not in stock
S-13 unguided aircraft rockets
S-13, S-13T, S-13-OF, S-13D, S-13DF
S-24B -Not in stock
RS-132-Not in stock
******* ROCKET PODS *******
B-8M pod for S-8 rockets
B-8V20-A pod for S-8 rockets
B-13L pod for S-13 rockets
Recently received *NEW*
Hydra 70 2.75 inch Rockets
Air-Launched 2.75-Inch Rockets
FIM-92A Stinger Weapons System
Stinger 101: Anti-Air
Our clients are well known Al-Qaida, Hizballah, Al-Jihad, HAMAS,
Abu Sayyaf Group and many other terrorist groups. We are well
known supplier in the market and looking forward to expand our
clientage with assistance of Internet.
Do not hesitate to contact us via ICQ # 176928755
Impatiently awaiting for your orders,
Hoax-Slayer FAQ's (Part Two)
Every week I receive a great many enquires about scams and
hoaxes. Since many enquiries, and their answers, cover the same
material, I have condensed them into a set of Frequently Asked
Questions. Last week I covered the most common types of scam
enquires. This week and next week I will cover those email
hoaxes that are the most common subjects of enquires.
Q: I received a message that says that Bill Gates of Microsoft
is conducting a test and that I will get money if I forward the
email to my friends. Could this be true?
A: No, this is an old hoax that has seen many versions. There
is no test, the email is not being tracked and you will not
receive money for forwarding the email. The email should be
Find out more about the Money from Microsoft Hoax
Q: I received an email that says I probably have a virus called
jdbgmgr.exe and explains how to find and delete the virus. The
virus has a small teddy bear icon. I *did* find the file.
Should I delete it?
A: No, DO NOT delete the file. The email is a hoax. Jdbgmgr.exe
is a legitimate Windows file and is *not* a virus. Although it a
legitimate file, your computer will still run normally without
it, so if you have already deleted the file DON'T PANIC!
Click the link below for details.
Find out more about the Teddy Bear Virus Hoax
Q: I received an email warning that claims HIV infected needles
are being deliberately left on theater seats / on gas pump
handles / in phone booth coin returns. Is this true?
A: No, this is an old hoax that has seen many variations.
Occasionally, syringes are found in places where they could
cause injury to unsuspecting members of the public. However,
there is no evidence that the callous and deliberate terror
campaign outlined in these hoax emails has ever occurred.
Read More about the HIV Needle Hoax
Q: I received an email claiming that a large quantity of UPS
uniforms has been bought on eBay and that criminals or
terrorists posing as delivery drivers could use the uniforms.
Is this true?
A: No, this is a hoax that has spawned quite a number of
versions. There have been no reports of large eBay purchases
of UPS uniforms, nor have large quantities of uniforms been
reported stolen. The information in the email is false and
should be disregarded.
Read more about the UPS Uniforms Hoax
Q: I was sent an email that claims that criminals lurking in
parking areas are using drugs disguised as perfume to
debilitate and rob victims. Any truth in this one?
A: This is a hoax, although it may have originated from a
real event. There are several versions of the hoax set in
different countries. In 1999, a woman claimed to have been
assaulted and robbed by assailants who used a debilitating
substance disguised as perfume. The story soon made its way
to the Internet and spread rapidly as a "warning", even
though there were no reported cases of such attacks happening
again. In fact, even the original story may have been untrue.
Read more about the Perfume Email Hoax
Q:I was forwarded a message that claims that a little girl
called Amy Bruce is dying of lung cancer and a brain tumor
and that the Make A Wish Foundation will donate money when
the email is forwarded. Is this true?
A: No, this is a hoax. There is no 7-year-old Amy Bruce who
is dying of both lung cancer and a brain tumor. Legitimate
charities or companies would not donate money based on how
many times an email is forwarded. There are several hoaxes
like this one that claim that money will be donated every
time an email is forwarded. All are false. The email, and
others like it, should be deleted.
Read more about the Amy Bruce Charity Hoax
Read more about other Charity Hoaxes
Virus Report: Weekly Virus Wrap-Up
Top virus threats at the moment are variants of the MyDoom and
Beagle worms. Symantec has removal tools available for these
worms. For more information, follow the links below:
W32.Mydoom@mm Removal Tool
W32.Beagle@mm Removal Tool
Three basic steps to protect your computer from virus threats:
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- Install and use anti-virus software. If buying AV software is a
problem there are quite adequate free scanners available. One
such free product is AVG.
- Regularly update your virus scanner. Even the most reliable
and sophisticated anti-virus software is virtually useless
against new viruses if it doesn't have the most current
- Be very wary of email attachments even if they are from
people you know and trust. Some viruses can attach and send
themselves to your email address in such a way that you may
believe your are receiving an email from a friend or colleague.
This is called "spoofing". Read an article about spoofing
Badtimes Hoax Spoof
This email is actually a spoof of an old hoax. The email
makes fun of the old GoodTimes virus hoax that filled inboxes a
few years ago.
Possibly, its writer penned it in an effort to debunk the
original hoax in a humorous way. Unfortunately, the spoof itself
has spawned many versions, some of which have been abridged to
the point that people once again believe they are legitimate
I think there is some irony in there somewhere (grin).
In another stange twist
, pop group, Laika, have used the words from this hoax email as the lyrics to one of their singles, a move that may help to educate the general public about virus hoaxes. In any case, Laika's musical version of the hoax makes for a good song.
If you receive an e-mail with a subject line of "Badtimes,"
delete it immediately WITHOUT reading it. This is the most
dangerous Email virus yet.
It will re-write your hard drive. Not only that, but it will s
cramble any disks that are even close to your computer. It will
recalibrate your refrigerator's coolness setting so all your ice
cream melts and milk curdles . It will demagnetize the strips on
all your credit cards, reprogram your ATM access code, screw up
the tracking on your VCR and use subspace field harmonics to
scratch any CDs you try to play.
It will give your ex-boy/girlfriend your new phone number. It will
mix antifreeze into your fish tank. It will drink all your beer
and leave its dirty socks on the coffee table when there's company
It will hide your car keys when you are late for work and interfere
with your car radio so that you hear only static while stuck in
Badtimes will make you fall in love with a hardened pedophile. It
will give you nightmares about circus midgets. It will replace your
shampoo with Nair and your Nair with Rogaine, all while dating your
current boy/girlfriend behind your back and billing their hotel
rendezvous to your Visa card.
It will seduce your grandmother. It does not matter if she is dead,
such is the power of Badtimes, it reaches out beyond the grave to
sully those things we hold most dear.
Badtimes will give you Dutch Elm disease. It will leave the toilet
seat up and leave the hairdryer plugged in dangerously close to a
full bathtub. It will wantonly remove the forbidden tags from your
mattresses and pillows, and refill your skim milk with whole. It is
insidious and subtle. It is dangerous and terrifying to behold. It
is also a rather interesting shade of mauve.
Be very, very afraid.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!
One version of the original Good Times virus hoax:
The FCC released a warning last Wednesday concerning a matter of
major importance to any regular user of the InterNet. Apparently,
a new computer virus has been engineered by a user of America
Online that is unparalleled in its destructive capability. Other,
more well-known viruses such as Stoned, Airwolf, and Michaelangelo
pale in comparison to the prospects of this newest creation by a
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What makes this virus so terrifying, said the FCC, is the fact that
no program needs to be exchanged for a new computer to be infected.
It can be spread through the existing e-mail systems of the
InterNet. Once a computer is infected, one of several things can
happen. If the computer contains a hard drive, that will most
likely be destroyed. If the program is not stopped, the computer's
processor will be placed in an nth-complexity infinite binary loop
- which can severely damage the processor if left running that way
too long.Unfortunately, most novice computer users will not
realize what is happening until it is far too late.
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