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Virus Profile: Lump of Coal

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Risk Assessment: Home N/A | Corporate N/A
Date Discovered: 3/1/1999
Date Added: 9/8/1999
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: Hoax
Subtype: E-mail
DAT Required: N/A
   
 
   

Virus Characteristics

NAI Labs AVERT would like to inform you of a new email HOAX.

This email message is just a HOAX, currently we know of no other message that the user will receive about the HOAX as the initial email states. AVERT has not received any report of a user's hard drive being erased for opening the email.

We are advising users who receive the email to delete it and DO NOT pass it on as this is how an email HOAX propagates.

Below is the actual text from the message that may be received via email.

Warning on December 25, 1999 you may receive an email called, Lump of Coal...do not open it, it contains a deadly virus...it will erase your windows along with many other program files.

Pass this on as soon as you can to get the WORD out!!!This is not a hoax....this was reported on the CBS morning news August 20,1999.

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- This is the end of the email message -

Again if you receive this email delete it and DO NOT pass it on

AVERT

A Division of NAI Labs