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custard_pot
18-05-2006, 10:22 PM
I recieved this information yesterday from a reliable source. I have not seen anything in the news about it but thought I would warn everybody on here.

If you receive an email which contains the following: Delete the file
completely and remove it from your outlook.


PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG ALL YOUR CONTACTS:

Be alert during the next few days: Don't open any message with an attached
file called "Invitation", regardless of who sent it. It's a virus that opens
an Olympic Torch that "burns" the whole hard disk of your computer. This
virus will come from someone who has your e-mail address; that's why you
should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It's better to receive this
message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a
mail called "Invitation", even though sent by a friend, DON'T open it and
shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by
CNN, it's been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus
ever.The virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there's no repair yet
for this particular virus. It simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard
Disk, where vital information is kept. SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU
KNOW.
Also:-
Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the moment
you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to
fix it!

This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but
mainly in the US and Israel.

Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.

If you get an email along the lines of "Osama Bin Laden Captured" or "Osama
Hanged" don't open the attachment.


Hope no one gets this Virus
Christine

Mythology
18-05-2006, 10:43 PM
Complete and utter rubbish - see

http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/olympic.torch.hoax.html

You are presumably not very clued-up on these things and simply doing what you think is best, so I'm not criticising you, but your "reliable source" should be given a good kick up the backside and told to check their facts before circulating this garbage and encouraging people to clog up the e-mail systems of the entire planet by passing it on to everyone they know!

Peter Goodey
18-05-2006, 10:53 PM
If you Google on "olympic torch", a description of this hoax is the very first entry to be listed!

custard_pot
18-05-2006, 10:54 PM
I am sorry I have just found out it was a hoax. But my reliable source was the NHS so I thought it would be right. It was sent to NHS staff by their bosses.

Sorry again

Rod Neep
18-05-2006, 10:57 PM
Actually... all this is a HOAX. (As reported by McAfee)

http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_138711.htm

The problem WILL happen if everyone sends emails to everyone that they know!


Regards
Rod

Mythology
18-05-2006, 11:15 PM
"I am sorry I have just found out it was a hoax."

No problem. I made the same mistake many, many years ago when I was new to the internet and hardly even knew what a virus was, let alone being aware of these hoaxes - luckily, a friend soon put me straight!

"... my reliable source was the NHS"
Now you know why, when a well-meaning neighbour once called an ambulance for me without me knowing, I told them to go away as I'd rather risk dropping dead than have them take me to hospital!
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