Myths and outright LIES
are they? Who, What, Why, Where, When?
what is the definition of a hoax? Here are some dictionary definitions:
plan to deceive or trick someone with something that is not true.
play a trick upon for sport, or without malice.
fraudulence, dupery, hoax, humbug, put-on -- (something intended to
deceive; deliberate trickery intended to gain an advantage)
pull someone's leg, play a joke on -- (subject to a playful hoax or
Dupe, trickery, chicanery, guile, wile, shenanigan -- (the use of
tricks to deceive someone (usually to extract money from them))
trick into believing or accepting as genuine something false and often
here is a Internet definition from this
are many hoaxes continually popping up on the nets. False viruses
are the most common of these with names like "Join the Crew" or "PenPal
Greetings", but there are many more themes that keep recurring. Appeals
to charity is a common theme for a hoax, sometimes partially based
in fact. If you get a chain letter appeal about Jessica Mydek or Craig
Shergold or anything involving the Make A Wish Foundation, please
Click Here to check it out first before
There are also lots of stories going around about Bill Gates and money-making
schemes and expensive cookie recipes and stolen kidneys, all of which
are interesting stories, but usually false or even fraudulent.
you see a difference between a classic hoax and the Internet hoax?
By one definition, a classic hoax is without intent of malice. By
another, it may be done for financial advantage. In the Internet hoax,
these are neither true. They are always with malice and rarely for
is the same in both is that a lie is perpetrated. And in the classic
hoax, it is usually a one time thing, where in the Internet, the intent
is to create a chain letter and clog the e-mail.
the Anti-virus sites have lists of real virus and hoaxes.
When in doubt, never spread a story around. Instead, check these sites
is my favorite. It has identified every hoax or real virus immediately
and is easy to use:
Virus Myths.com Learn about computer
virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and the implications
if you believe in them. You can also search a list of computer virus
hoaxes from A to Z. Jan 2006: the site is in transition & may
not be up to date,
Another page with excellent information is Snopes
& they are still going strong in 2019.
are some other places to check:
of Energy's Computer Incident Advisory Committee (CIAC) has been changed
since I wrote this originally.
Try Googling "Computer Incident Advisory Capability"
is a Wikipedia article about it.
page is considered the industry standard information source for
new virus hoaxes and false alerts.
Check the blogs for latest info.
site is a UK site with info on virus' and hoaxes.
but not least, click here to look at my page
about real virus'.
remember that if it is a real virus, everyone probably already knows
about it. As of this writing, everyone has heard about the SirCam
and Code Red virus', so there is no need to write everyone you know.
If someone sends you a warning letter, tell them to stop sending warnings
without reading this information first.
much better to become educated and act dumb than to remain ignorant
and act educated.