Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Osama hanged

Following on the earlier dry post of the week, I now give you a health and safety warning:

Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and
the moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will not be able to fix it!
This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the
globe, but mainly in the US and Israel.
Don't be inconsiderate; send this warning to whomever you know.
If you get an email along the lines of "Osama Bin Laden Captured"
or "Osama Hanged" don't open the attachment.

Not sure what to make of it - it could be a warning about a genuine threat or it could just be a ploy to clog up the web.

If it is genuine, it's a resurrection of a previous virus emailed in a similar fashion. This BBC report gives further information.


Blogger Babsbitchin said...

I was also sent that warning by a NYC computer programmer/security consultant for a large corp., so I took it as very serious. I'd posted that on my blog before I screwed it up and crashed it in January. I lost everything and that happened to be one of the posts. I believe it, if this guy tells me it.
Nomad thanks, I think I'll have that dish w/an espresso martini at a fab cabaret.xoxo

11:55 am  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thank goodness I'm not really on Micro$oft!

12:28 pm  
Blogger Caroline said...

And what a shame I can't type what I mean either.... never mind...

12:28 pm  
Blogger Rob7534 said...

Sorry I've been away, I'm now up-to-date!

Love that fag-hag quote!!

3:51 pm  
Anonymous xmichra said...

real threat or not, it is nice of you to relay it to us. thanks Nomad.

6:58 pm  
Blogger Guyana-Gyal said...

I'll surely tell friends 'n' family, thanks Nomad.

7:32 pm  
Blogger Terri said...

Once again, Google to the rescue...
search for the word "hoax" and it will bring up a number of sites.
A search on the hoaxbusters website (and I'm not endorsing them here, just came across the site this evening) says the email itself won't do anything but there's a link that will download something that will cause problems if your antivirus is up to date.

Moral of the story? Keep your AV software updated :-)

Thx for the warning, Nomad!

9:32 pm  
Blogger Tammy said...

sheesh and that is one I would even open!!!

11:11 pm  
Blogger Clare said...

I'm always very suspicious of these virus warnings. The more extravagant the claims, and the more scaremongering the language, the more likely it is to be a hoax.

I always check www.snopes.com first before passing anything on.

In my experience most of them are indeed hoaxes - and the hoax itself beceoms like a kind of virus in itself!

11:12 am  
Blogger whatalotoffun said...

I never open anything any mail that does not come from someone I know. But will look out for that one if it does come through one of my friends. Thanks alot for sharing it with us Nomad.

1:50 pm  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Apparently this type of virus distribution is common, ie using a famous name as a way of getting people to open emails. Michael Jackson's name has been used before. I haven't heard if this one has been circulating again so it may have been a hoax.

At least, by making you aware of it like this, I've not fired out a dozen emails leading to scores of others being fired off, thereby causing a tsunami of them spreading across the world.

8:04 am  

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