Nuclear Strike Email Hoax
Outrageous spoof email claims that just opening an email will automatically launch a nuclear strike (Full commentary below
(Collected via email, 2003)
Hey. I just got this in the mail, from Symantec, so I thought I'd forward
it along. It's a new virus that we should watch out for. PLEASE FORWARD
THIS TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
Virus Update, 1/07/02
Symantec Virus Alert Center
Hello Subscriber, As part of our ongoing effort to keep Symantec clients up
to date on virus alerts, this e-mail is being sent to all Symantec
subscribers. A new, deadly type of virus has been detected in the wild. You
should not open any message entitled "LAUNCH NUCLEAR STRIKE NOW," as this
message has been programmed to access NORAD computers in Colorado and
launch a full-scale nuclear strike on Russia and the former Soviet states.
Apparently, a disgruntled ex-Communist hacker has designed a pernicious
vb-script that actually bypasses the U.S. arsenal's significant security
system and takes command of missiles and bombers directly. By opening the
e-mail, you may be causing Armageddon. Needless to say, Armageddon will
wipe out your hard drive and damage your computer. Again, we warn you,
PLEASE, DO NOT OPEN ANY E-MAIL ENTITLED "LAUNCH NUCLEAR STRIKE NOW." YOU
MAY CAUSE A FULL-SCALE NUCLEAR HOLOCAUST. As a precaution, all U.S.
nuclear missiles have been set to "Do Not Author!ize Launch Via E-mail" to
prevent an accidental Armageddon. However, due to a Y2K bug, the
possibility still exists that you may end life as we know it on this planet
by opening the aforementioned e-mail.
VIRUS NAME: ArmaGeddyLee, HappyOrMaybeNot00, OopsWrongButton00
TRANSMITTAL METHOD: vb-script attached to e-mail
HAZARD: Extremely Super High
AREA OF INFECTION: Detected in wild
CHARACTERISTICS: Destroys life on earth via nuclear Armageddon
Please forward this warning to everyone you can. Thank you for your
attention to this matter,
The Symantec Anti-Virus Team
The information in this email is such an outrageous lie that even the most gullible recipient would surely recognize it as a joke. The email mirrors the style of typical virus hoaxes, which implies that it is intended as a spoof.
about this hoax on the Symantec website states that the "email is not from Symantec, nor was any such message ever sent from Symantec".
Write-up by Brett M. Christensen