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MSN Contact List Virus Hoax

Summary:
Message claims that somebody is trying to spread a virus by adding people to an MSN Messenger contact list (Full commentary below.)



Status:
False

Examples:(Submitted via email, and collected online, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)

Should you receive a message from inviztor@hotmail.com, do NOT open it.

It is a virus that reformats your PC and, via your Contacts' List, will re-direct itself to them, as well... inviztor

SEND THIS TO EVERYONE!


If somebody called spottysocks@hotmail.co.uk adds you to msn dont accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on u r msn coz if somebody on r list adds them u get the virus too. copy and paste to everyone AND fast

If akash_yourfriend@yahoo.com adds you. dont accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on ur bulletin because if somebody on ur list adds them, u get the virus too. Tell everyone on your list not to open anything from angell11, akash_yourfriendand sassybitch. It is a hard drive killer and a very horrible virus.pass this letter to everyone on your buddy list. . Right click on the group name of your buddy list and click Send Message to All

*Subject:* virus is going around please read!

if somebody by the name dvorak@yahoo.com adds you...don't accept it.. it's a virus. Tell everybody on ur bulletin because if somebody on ur list adds them, u get the virus too. Tell everyone on ur list not to open anything from angell11, tewwtuler and sassybitch. It is a hard drive killer and a very horrible virus. Pass this letter to everyone on ur buddy list. RIght click on the group name of your buddy list and click Send Messages to all

if somebody called Cobie_mutch_60@hotmail.com adds u to ur msn dont accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on u r msn coz if somebody on r list adds them u get the virus too. copy and paste t s to everyone AND fast

SEND IT ON PLZ ITS URGENT!!! IF STUNNER_6T9@HOTMAIL.COM ADDS YOU TO YOUR MSN DONT ACCEPT IT. ITS A VIRUS. tELL EVERYONE ON YOUR MSN BECAUSE IF SOMEBODY ON YOUR LIST ADDS THEM U GET THE VIRUS TOO. ITS A MULTI THREADING VIRUS CAPABLE OF PICKING UP RANDOMMSN ACCOUNTS OF AN INFECTED USER

PLZ SEND IT ON!!!!

If somebody called munro1@hotmail .com adds you their conatct list, dont accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on your msn because if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus too. Copy and paste this to everyone AND FAST


yo the_western_vampire hotmail.com' adds you to your msn, dont accept it. its a virus. Tell everyone on ur msn because if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus too, its a mutli threading virus capable of picking up random msn accounts of an infected user's msn list. Copy and paste this to EVERY ONEthe_western_vampire hotmail.com' adds you to your msn, dont accept it. Its a virus.


If somebody called yagsnotae@hotmail.com adds you to your msn, dont accept it. Its a virus. Tell everyone on ur msn because if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus too. Copy and paste this to EVERYONE AND FAST


if somebody called pins_and_neadles@hotmail com adds you to their msn dont accept it Its a virus Tell everyone on ur msn because if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus too Copy and paste this to everyone you know


If somebody named, ( aflino at hotmail.com) adds you on msn,dont accept.Its an advanced virus that begins to slowly remove My Documents then goes out to all your hard drives. Send this to all people online in your msn list and address book.


IF popcorn_nails@hotmail.com ADDS YOU TO THEIR CONTACT LIST DO NOT LET THEM BECOME ONE OF YOUR CONTACTS AS THIS IS A VIRUS THAT WILL INFECT YOU AND EVERY ONE ON YOUR LIST. SO IF ONE OF YOUR CONTACT ADD'S THIS PERSON THEN YOU BECOME INFECTED AS WELL SO BE VERY SURE TO LET ALL YOUR CONTACT'S KNOW"


If meltdown@hotmail.com adds you to their msn list, don't add it because its a virus; tell everybody on your msn because if somebody on your list accepts it then you get the virus too!!! (Copy and paste this and pass it on!).


if us_snipa@hotmail.com adds you to your msn, dont accept it. its a virus. Tell everyone on ur msn because if somebody on ur list adds them u get the virus too, its a multithreading virus capable of picking up random msn accounts of an infected user's msn list. Copy and paste this to EVERY ONE AND FAST!



Commentary:
From time to time this virus hoax gets trundled out for another run, each time with a new email address plugged into it. It may be an attempt to discredit or annoy the owner of the specified email address or just a practical joke.

In fact there are dozens of variations of the hoax, all equally false. One of the earliest versions appears to have been in Portuguese. The number of versions alone is enough to strongly suggest that this is a hoax.

Furthermore, none of the versions actually name the "virus" nor do they provide any means of checking the veracity of the claim. None of the major anti-virus websites have information about a virus like the one described, except to identify it as a hoax.

Also, the technical aspects of the message are fundamentally flawed. Although it is possible for worms to spread via MSN Messenger, the message implies that the email address itself is a virus. This is not possible. To be infected, some sort of file transfer needs to take place. If Messenger was configured to automatically accept files from a contact list, then it is possible that a virus could be sent by this new and sinister "contact". But even if the virus was sent in this way, the recipient would still have to explicitly open the file before a computer was infected. Again, although it is possible to disguise a link to a malicious webpage in an HTML email so that it "looks" like an email address, the recipient would have to actually click on the link before any virus threat was downloaded.

If this was a real virus, the warning email would more than likely give details of how the actual transfer of the "virus" takes place and advise on how to avoid it. Instead, it states a technical impossibility.

Such hoaxes do nothing more than clutter up the information superhighway. These messages should be deleted without forwarding.

Note:
A common variant of this hoax claims to be a warning about a hacker, often on Facebook or MySpace:
if somebody called bum_tnoo7@hotmail.com adds you don't accept it because its a hacker. Tell everyone on your list because if somebody on your list adds them you get them on your list he'll figure out Your ID, computer address, so copy and paste this message to everyone even if you hate them and fast cause if he hacks their email he hacks your mail
For more information about the hacker variant, see:
Bum_tnoo7 Hacker Warning Hoax

References:
MySpace J_Neutron07 virus hoax
Yahoo instant message hoax
Symantec: Messenger Add a Contact Hoax
PC Bytes: HOAX: MSN Messenger add a contact
Bum_tnoo7 Hacker Warning Hoax

Last updated: 16 August 2007
First published: 2004

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen