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Old 01-30-2001, 06:13 AM   #1
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Unhappy New virus alert!

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Someone is sending out a very cute screensaver of the Budweiser frogs.
If you download it, you will lose everything! Your hard drive will crash
and someone from the Internet will get your screen name and password!
It just went into circulation yesterday. Please distribute this message.
This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about it.
This information was announced yesterday morning from Microsoft.
Please share it with everyone that might access the Internet.
Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE in your address book so that
this may be stopped. AOL has also said that this is a very dangerous
virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. >>
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Old 01-30-2001, 08:56 AM   #2
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I am pretty sure that this is the same virus hoax that has been going on since 1997!

You can read about it here:

Feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

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Old 01-31-2001, 12:49 AM   #3
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Is it an exe file?
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Old 02-02-2001, 09:18 PM   #4

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This is most certainly a hoax.

For a start, Microsoft and AOL never issue virus warnings. CERT or Network Associates usually takes care of this. Even then, the warning won't arrive as unsolicited mail to your inbox.

These hoaxes are as effective as viruses, because many newbies do indeed forward them to everyone in their address book, thus causing potentially as much network damage as users infected with Melissa, or similar.

Just make sure that you have a quality virus scanner installed on your computer (I recommend Norton AntiVirus 2001, which scans all emails before they even reach your computer), and delete these so-called virus warnings when you receive them - even if they are sent by friends with good intentions.

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Old 02-02-2001, 10:09 PM   #5
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There was one AOL specific virus making the news this week:

Trojan horse targets AOL subscribers

February 1, 2001

Subscribers to America Online's Internet service are being warned to keep watch for a password-stealing virus circulating in the form of an e-mail attachment.

The virus, dubbed "APStrojan.qa," attempts to steal a member's names and passwords and then send them via e-mail to the virus' author. If a user is logged onto AOL 4.0 or 5.0, the virus also tries to e-mail itself to active people on the member's "buddy list."

Thursday's warning comes after McAfee.com, which makes security software, noted a 100 percent increase in the virus over the past three weeks. The virus has been around for about one year.

AOL has not seen an increase of infected members internally, but is nonetheless heeding McAfee.com's warning, according to spokesman Andrew Weinstein.

"We're continuing to closely monitor the situation, and we encourage people to be extremely careful in opening e-mail attachments even if they're from familiar sources," Weinstein said. "Our top priority is protecting our members, and we do that by educating them."

The infected e-mail comes with a subject line reading "hey you" and an attachment titled "mine.zip." The text within the e-mail reads, "'hey i finally got my pics scanned...theres like 5 or 6 of them...so just download it and unzip it. and for you people who don't know how to then scroll down...tell me what you think of my pics ok?"

Considered a Trojan horse, this virus is less insidious than some, in that Net users must open the attachment in order to become infected.

"If you just open the e-mail and delete it, there will be no effect on your system," said Weinstein.

AOL users can protect themselves by deleting this e-mail if it is received. Members who believe they have the virus on their system can check their accounts by visiting McAfee.com or a virus site on AOL's internal system.

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Old 02-04-2001, 08:32 AM   #6

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Yes, viruses do exist that target AOL users, but the company AOL (now AOL-TW) never issues virus warnings.

Any warning that states something along the lines of "AOL has said..." or "Microsoft warns..." or "IBM has stated..." are very likely hoaxes - using brand names that newbies will recognize in order to convince them.

Again, these hoaxes are dangerous, and use up network resources unnecessarily. Please think carefully before forwarding such warnings to those you know.

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Old 02-04-2001, 09:40 AM   #7
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Unlike the budweiser frog hoax, this AOL trojan is real. To learn more you may follow the link provided.

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