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Virus Profile: PHANTOM MENACE Hoax

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Virus Profile information details
Risk Assessment: Home N/A | Corporate N/A
Date Discovered: 8/24/1999
Date Added: 1/26/2000
Origin: Email
Length: N/A
Type: Hoax
Subtype: E-mail
DAT Required: N/A
   
 
   

Virus Characteristics

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.

-----------begin copy of hoax message ---------
¡URGENTE¡

EXISTE LA POSIBILIDAD DE QUE RECIBAS UN MAIL CON EL SUBJECT: THE > PHANTOM MENACE, QUE ES EL NOMBRE DE LA PELICULA DE EL EPISODIO I. POR FAVOR NO LO ABRAS, YA QUE ESE MAIL ES UNO DE LOS VIRUS MAS PODEROSOS CONOCIDOS HASTA HOY. APENAS TIENE 3 DIAS RONDANDO EN LA RED, PERO SEGUN MICROSOFT ESTE VIRUS GENERA PERDIDAS DE HASTA 100 MILLONES DE DOLARES ANTES DE QUE EXISTA UNA VACUNA. ES UN VIRUS GUSANO, QUE SE METE EN LOS HOYOS DE LOS PROGRAMAS DE MICROSOFT A TRAVES DE LA RED. EL NOMBRE DEL ARCHIVO ES: Att1.unk

MANDA ESTA INFORMACION A TODOS TUS CONOCIDOS POR FAVOR.

Atte.
OFICINA DE INTERNET

-----------end copy of hoax message ---------

Below is an English translation of this hoax:

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URGENT:
PLEASE TO RELAY THIS INFORMATION TO MANY PEOPLE. The possibility that exists you receive a mail with the Subject: The Phantom Menace, that is the name of the film Episode I. Please DO NOT OPEN that mail, since it is one of the most powerful virus known today. It is making the rounds in the network, but according to Microsoft this virus generated loss of up to 100 million dollars before a vaccine exists. It is a virus worm, that puts in the holes of the programs of Microsoft through the network. Please send this information to everyone that you know.

Office of the Internet
-----------end copy of translation---------

Indication of Infection

Delete or ignore messages which match this description.

Methods of Infection

Delete or ignore messages which match this description.

Removal Instructions

Users should either ignore or delete messages received matching this description.