Sunday, February 21, 2010

Virus not a hoax after all

Today I was routinely checking my news feed in Facebook..and of course play my addition game Mafia wars when a friend of mine Paul Bengil posted on his status "Reformat PC..........T_T"..when I asked him why..he mentioned about opening up an Invitation email and accidentally downloaded Olympic Torch virus on his PC. He said he mistakenly accepted it due to the fact that it could be another Mafia invitation from one of our co-players but it was not. So I did a little research about it. According to Wikipedia...

"Olympic Torch is a computer virus hoax sent out by e-mail. The hoax e-mails first appeared in February 2006. The "virus" referred to by the e-mail does not actually exist, so the only viral effect is that the warning email itself is widely circulated as a chain letter. The hoax e-mail warns recipients of a recent outbreak of Olympic Torch viruses, contained in e-mails titled "Invitation", which erase the hard disk of the user's computer when opened. The hoax email further purports the virus to be acknowledged by such reputable sources as CNN, McAfee and Microsoft as one of the most dangerous viruses yet reported. In reality, the Olympic Torch virus is non-existent, and generally has not been reported by the organizations quoted. A similar version of this hoax is the Postcard Image virus hoax which refers to another non existent virus known as POSTCARD. The Postcard variation has been in circulation at least since 2008."

Well if it is a hoax..then what happened to his PC.? His files in his C: drive was completely deleted after accepting the said email. Well if you receive this email invitation..better delete it..rather than forwarding the said mail and spreading the virus to your friends.

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