Virus Warning!!!

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by curdog, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. curdog

    curdog New Member

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    I received this warning in a e-mail.
    I have not researched this. It maybe a hoax I don't know. Best to be safe than sorry. So heads up.


    PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!

    >
    > You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open
    > any message with an attachment entitled "POSTCARD," regardless of
    > who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE,
    > 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. This is the reason why you need to send this
    > e-mail to all your contacts. It is better to receive th is message
    > 25 times than to recei ve the virus and open it.
    >
    > If you receive a mail called" POSTCARD," even though sent to
    > you by a friend, do not open it! 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
    > virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in
    > his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to 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.
     
  2. r ward

    r ward New Member

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    Hope it is a hoax but thanks for the warning
     

  3. FS Driver

    FS Driver New Member

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    looks like its a real threat as far as snopes goes.
    really have a hard time thinking these viruses are made by anyone other than software people that sell the cure .
    what would a common person get out of making a virus and not getting paid???:sad2:
     
  4. JERMSQUIRM

    JERMSQUIRM New Member

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    sure phil will let us know if it hoaxed. thanks for heads up.i spam anything i dont know or companies that im not doing buisness with,.
     
  5. ldw45

    ldw45 Member

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    Do a Google one "Postcard Virus". Snopes says yes, upban ledgen says no....others maybe....... I delete them regardless of who they are from just to play it safe.
     
  6. shania

    shania New Member

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    :0a27: with this post - I don't get curious about things when it comes to my e-mail - so if I don't know where it is coming from, I just "Spam It!" :surrender:
    :wink:
     
  7. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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  8. GaryF

    GaryF New Member

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    Basically, the specific warning "from CNN" is bogus, but there have been a number of viruses that masquerade as one of those e-cards, and it's always good to be careful. What gets people is they think they are being careful by only opening these if they know the sender, but often the bad guys will spoof the sender... just because it says it is from Uncle Bob doesn't make it so.

    As to who writes the viruses, look no further than what it is that the viruses do. Most do one or more of just a few things:

    • Turn your PC into a Spambot, cranking out junk email
    • Steal passwords
    • Turn your PC into a Denial of Service bot to help attack / extort legit web sites
    • Mount hacking attacks from your PC to gain illegal access to another site

    Money is what drives it, and much of it is backed by organized crime on an international level.
     
  9. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    You may be mislead to thinking this is new.... similar forwards hit the internet in 2007 according to Snopes.

    Here's Urbane Legends comments.

    Myself, my spam filter usually sends all e-cards to trash! :wink: