New Virus Warning

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Charmed, Mar 7, 2006.

  1. Charmed

    Charmed Active Member

    The following Email was sent to me, does anyone know anything about this virus?


    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 virus will be received from
    someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list, that is
    why you should send this e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to
    receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

    If you receive a mail called "invitation", though sent by a
    friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.

    This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been
    classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

    This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, 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 is kept.

    'This e-mail has been sent via the Internet. Internet communications
    are not secure against interception or modification.
    This e-mail and any files with it are confidential and intended solely
    for the use of the addressee. If you have received this e-mail in error
    please notify the sender and destroy your copies of the e-mail and any
    attached files.'

    No virus found in this incoming message.
    Checked by AVG Free Edition.
    Version: 7.1.375 / Virus Database: 268.1.1/272 - Release Date: 01/03/2006

    No virus found in this outgoing message.
    Checked by AVG Free Edition.
    Version: 7.1.375 / Virus Database: 268.1.1/272 - Release Date: 01/03/2006

    This e-mail has been scanned for all viruses by Star. The
    service is powered by MessageLabs. For more information on a proactive
    anti-virus service working around the clock, around the globe, visit:
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

  4. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    It's a classic hoax. It's designed to compromise network efficiency by well meaning people forwarding it to everybody in their inbox. If everybody on the net sent this email to 25 people the strain on the internet would be phenomenal.......

    Several tell-tale signs give this away - the phrase "This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever" appears in almost all of these hoaxes, as does the phrase: "This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus."

    Anything claiming to be the worst virus ever will almost certainly be a hoax - and if it genuinely does exist it would be announced on the news websites (BBC, CNN etc) and papers.

    The written style of these hoaxes is so similar I'm inclined to think that they all originate from the same person....

  5. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    There is a UK goverment web site which you can register with, that will send out an Email when a new virus or security issue is discovered, but I can't remember the URL. I would recomend registering
  6. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    Keep your antivirus software, firewall and operating system up to date, be careful of the sites you visit, don't open dodgy emails, and you'll have few virus issues at all. I generally ignore virus warnings passed on via forwarded emails, as they are almost always hoaxes or sometimes contain viruses themselves.

    Snopes or any of the big anti-virus manufacturers have free information about what is real and what isn't (see the moderator posts earlier in the thread).
  7. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member is also a good place to check for the latest hoax virus warnings. Their info on the "olympic torch/invitation" hoax is here. There are a lot of these "please forward this to all your contacts" emails that do the rounds, it's easier than actually writing a virus and can often cause the same disruption when everybody who receives it mails it on (with the best intentions).

    This is excellent advice as always from Brasscrest; if you haven't got a virus checker why not?! You can download a very good free one called AVG from Grisoft here ;)

    EDIT: Susan (or someone she knows!) already has AVG!
  8. NeilW

    NeilW Member

  9. caramelbunny

    caramelbunny Member

    Anyone got any ideas about the email that says you have to send to 18 contacts or you'll have to pay for MSN??? is this a hoax one too???
    They have an actual link on it to a BBC website this time ..... :confused:
  10. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    This is also a hoax. And similar things are often virus carriers, so I wouldn't click on any link in such an email. (The one you quote generates a 404 error, by the way).

    These kind of things are easy to research. For example, this one is easily debunked just by going to the MSN web site (not using the link in the email) and looking at their Terms and Conditions document, which would have to disclose any policy change that would require payment.
  11. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    is a good place to look up what you think may be hoax/scam/whatever

    Looking by type is usually the way I do it - Virus Hoax was what I used for the mail referenced in this thread. I can't see a current computer virus story in the BBC business section...

    You can also stick the first bit of the email into the Sophos search engine and it'll usually turn it up...

    You can often figure out that its not a real email by the fact that the English is poor or more likely the spelling is incorrect.

    Its always recommended that if there's a web address in the email that appears to go somewhere you might do business with, that you retype it rather than clicking the link as the links are often to "lookalike" sites (i.e. not where it looks like it goes to!) that will attempt to steal your logon credentials...

  12. caramelbunny

    caramelbunny Member

    Thanks for the help guys :)
  13. rutty

    rutty Active Member

  14. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    I got an email today, so the URL is As an example here is what I got today

    ITsafe Bulletin 2006/007

    What is it?
    A problem affecting various versions of Microsoft Office.

    What does it affect?
    Microsoft Office (2000, XP, 2003, X for Mac, 2004 for Mac), Word (2000, 2002
    ), Excel (2000, 2002, 2003, 2003 Viewer, X for Mac, 2004 for Mac), Outlook
    (2000, 2002), PowerPoint (2000, 2002), Works Suite (2000 onwards).
    Standalone versions of Microsoft Excel Viewer (2000, 2002), Word 2003,
    Outlook 2003 and PowerPoint 2003 are not affected.

    How do I fix it?
    Update your copy of the affected Microsoft software with the download
    available from Microsoft.

    Details of Specific Problem
    This problem with Microsoft products is described in more depth by the
    supplier at:

    The supplier's page also contains the URL to download the fix: please see
    our URL security guide for advice on following links

    Details of Underlying Problem(s)
    The technical issues are described at the CVE website, as CVE-2005-4131,
    CVE-2006-0009, CVE-2006-0028, CVE-2006-0029, and CVE-2006-0031.

    ITsafe Bulletins are issued by e-mail when significant risks have been
    identified that are likely to affect the majority of ITsafe users.

    ITsafe Team
    Making IT safe for You
    The UK Alerting and Advisory Service for Information and Communications
    Technologies (ICT) Security

    If you wish at any time to leave this service simply send a blank e-mail to

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