Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Useful Virus Alert

Hi everyone

Sometime back I had mentioned that all of us need to double checko on all mails that come to us. These are normally such type of Warning mails which people react to like Srinivas has done here and it generates some of the biggest spam connections.

what u shd normally do when it get these sort of mails:

1. Go to the Symantec/Norton or other tech sites and figure out if they have placed any information on this.
2. Go to any of the HOAX buster or Urban Legend sites and figure out whether such a thing is true. For example, one such site that I go to is:
HBHoax Categories

3. In case you figure out that this is a false thing/hoax, just delete the mail and maybe go and tell other people abt it - verbally!!!

This is how Spammers work and they enjoy life like this.

The same applies to many of those mails like MARS, Mobile phones, Buddhist and Ganesha mails etc.

For example, if you look at the Symantec site for the above, u will find this:
life is beautiful virus

and Symantec wants you to be aware and not fall into the trap.

This is sometime I am repeating since spam costs companies a lot.
Check out this article from Techweb

Cheers
Kannan.




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From: Srinivas
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 3:18 PM
To: All India Personnel
Subject: Alert-Urgent


Dear Friends,

Please circulate the mail within our group

VERY IMPORTANT WARNING Please Be Extremely Careful especially if using internet mail such as Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL and so on. This information arrived this morning from Microsoft and Norton. Please send it to everybody you know who accesses the Internet. You may receive an apparently harmless email with a Power Point pre sentation "Life is beautiful. pps". If you receive it DO NOT OPEN THE FILE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, and delete it immediately. if you open this file, a message will appear on your screen saying: " It is too late now, your life is no longer beautiful", subsequently you will LOSE EVERYTHING IN YOUR PC and the person who sent it to you gain access to your name, e-mail and password. This is a new virus ! which started to circulate on Saturday afternoon WE NEED TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS VIRUS. AOL has already confirmed the severity, and the antivirus Software's are not capable of destroying it. The virus has been created by a hacker who calls himself "life owner". PLEASE MAKE A COPY OF THIS EMAIL TO ALL YOUR FRIENDS and PASS IT ON IMMEDIATELY


Srinivas

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