We received this email earlier this week and our IS manager informed us that
it was a hoax.
From: Mark Baker [mailto:shake4bake(--nospam--at)earthlink.net]
Sent: Thursday, March 01, 2001 3:48 PM
Subject: New virus alert
You folks can hate me if this is a hoax, but if it's not I won't require you
to thank me.
> Subject: NEW - Bad Viruses
> > Virus Alert (This is not a joke)
> > A new virus has just been discovered that has been classified by
> > Microsoft (www.microsoft.com) and by McAfee (www.mcafee.com) as the
> > most
> > destructive ever! This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by
> > McAfee and no vaccine has yet been developed. This virus simply
> > destroys
> > Sector Zero from the hard disk, where vital information for its
> > functioning are stored. This virus acts in the following manner: It
> > sends itself automatically to all contacts on your list with the title
> > "A Virtual Card for You". As soon as the supposed virtual card is
> > opened, the computer freezes so that the user has to reboot. When the
> > ctrl+alt+del keys or the reset button are pressed, the virus destroys
> > Sector Zero, thus permanently destroying the hard disk.
> > Yesterday in just a few hours this virus caused panic in New York,
> > according to news broadcast by CNN (www.cnn.com). This alert was
> > received by an employee of Microsoft itself. So don't open any
> > mails with subject "A Virtual Card for You". As soon as you get the
> > mail, delete it. Please pass on this mail to all your friends. Forward
> > this to everyone in your address book. I would rather
> > receive this 25 times than not at all. Also: Intel announced that a
> > new
> > and very destructive virus was discovered recently. If you receive an
> > email called "An Internet Flower For You", do not open it. Delete it
> > right away! This virus removes all dynamic link libraries(.dll files)
> > from your computer.
> > Your computer will not be able to boot up.
> > SEND THIS TO EVERYONE ON YOUR CONTACT LIST!!