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Virus Profile: Penpal Hoax

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home N/A | Corporate N/A
Date Discovered: 3/1/1999
Date Added: 1/26/2000
Origin: N/A
Length: N/A
Type: Hoax
Subtype: E-mail
DAT Required: N/A
   
 
   

Virus Characteristics

This is NOT an actual virus.
Below is a copy of the actual text which was passed around.


Subject: Virus Alert
Importance: High

If anyone receives mail entitled: PENPAL GREETINGS! please delete it WITHOUT reading it. Below is a little explanation of the message, and what it would do to your PC if you were to read the message. If you have any questions or concerns please contact SAF-IA Info Office on 697-5059.

This is a warning for all internet users - there is a dangerous virus propogating across the internet through an e-mail message entitled 'PENPAL GREETINGS!'. DO NOT DOWNLOAD ANY MESSAGE ENTITLED 'PENPAL GREETINGS!'

This message appears to be a friendly letter asking you if you are interested in a penpal, but by the time you read this letter, it is too late. The 'trojan horse' virus will have already infected the boot sector of your hard drive, destroying all of the data present. It is a self-replicating virus, and once the message is read, it will AUTOMATICALLY forward itself to anyone who's e-mail address is present in YOUR mailbox!

This virus will DESTROY your hard drive, and holds the potential to DESTROY the hard drive of anyone whose mail is in your inbox, and who's mail is in their inbox, and so on. If this virus remains unchecked, it has the potntial to do a great deal of DAMAGE to computer networks worldwide!!!!

Please, delete the message entitled 'PENPAL GREETINGS!' as soon as you see it! And pass this message along to all of your friends and relatives, and the other readers of the newsgroups and mailing lists which you are on, so that they are not hurt by this dangerous virus!!!!


   

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