Real Virus Alert

dpcw

War Hero
#1
Real Virus here chaps - be aware
Postcard thing

You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with an
Attachment entitled 'POSTCARD,' regardless of who sent it to you It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mailto all your contacts.

It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it.!

Shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN.
Microsoft as the most destructive virus has classified it ever. McAfee discovered this virus yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.

This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital
 
#2
Cheers,

forwarded on details to everyone in my inbox

stilts
 
#3
All these virus alerts look very frightening. If you ever see a real virus alert you'll probably fall asleep reading it. :lol:
Check it out on Snopes CLICKY
or Hoax-Slayer LINKY
 
#4
dpcw said:
Real Virus here chaps - be aware
Postcard thing

You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with an
Attachment entitled 'POSTCARD,' regardless of who sent it to you It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.

This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mailto all your contacts.

It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it. If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it.!

Shut down your computer immediately. This is the worst virus announced by CNN.
Microsoft as the most destructive virus has classified it ever. McAfee discovered this virus yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus.

This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital
My computer doesn't have a hard disc C. Should I still worry?
 
#5
STILTS said:
Cheers,

forwarded on details to everyone in my inbox

stilts
Please don't.

msr
 

chrisg46

LE
Book Reviewer
#6
So, the IA drill upon receinving this email, is to shut the machine down? and do what, just look at it? Somehow, dont think this is genuine matey...
 
#7
The IA drill is to watch your antivirus detect it and remove it.

msr
 
#8
This looks like another one of those hoax emails circulating around the net, so probably nothing to worry about. I think it is far better to mention it, just in case such a threat is real.

I did a bit of checking, here is something on this email from Hoax-Slayer )link) and another (link). From the sound of things, I wouldn't worry myself unduly, but do make sure you have an up to date virus checker installed. (if in doubt, you can get a pretty good one for free from here )

Commentary:
According to this emailed warning, a virus is currently being distributed that will destroy the hard drive on the infected computer and has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. The message claims that opening an email attachment named "POSTCARD" will open a postcard image that will "burn" the entire hard disk on the infected computer and destroy the disk's "zero sector".

However, the claims in the warning message are untrue. As explained later in the article, the warning is just a newer variant of older virus hoaxes that have circulated for several years. Unfortunately, this variant has gained completely undeserved credibility due to the following factors:
Since mid 2007, a series of malware emails that are disguised as eCard notification emails have been distributed. Some of these purport to be a postcard sent by a family member and include the word "postcard" in the subject line. Recipients who click a link in these bogus emails can unknowingly install malware on their computers. However, this malware is designed to steal information and give hackers access to the infected computer and does not destroy or damage the computer's hard disk. Since the goal of the criminals responsible for distributing this malware is to hijack the infected computer for their own nefarious purposes, their intention is certainly not to make it useless by destroying the hard disk.

Regrettably, because "postcard" is mentioned in both the real malware email and the bogus warning, many recipients have mistakenly concluded that the misinformation contained in the hoax email is genuine.

It is important to understand that the claims in the hoax email are in no way related to the real malware threat. Other than the reference to a postcard, the real malware threat and the fictional virus have nothing whatsoever in common.


This version of the email includes a link to an article on urban legend site, Snopes.com that provides information about the genuine malware threat discussed above. Snopes.com quite rightly lists the status of the threat as "Real".

Unfortunately, it seems that many recipients are clicking the link in the bogus email and, after glancing at the "Real" status of the article, falsely concluding that the information in the hoax email is factual. If they were to actually read the Snopes article rather than just look at the status indicator, they would very quickly realize that the information in the hoax message is totally unrelated to the genuine malware threat. In fact, the article quite clearly states that readers should not confuse the genuine threat with the old virus hoaxes.
Because of these factors, this hoax variant is spreading rapidly around the world and causing a great deal of confusion.
But do remember, that is just my opinion, it is up to you to decide whether to ignore it or not!
 
G

Goku

Guest
#10
amazing__lobster said:
I was worried for a moment... Then I remember my Mac can't get viruses :D
That’s because Macs are so shite even hackers don’t bother writing software for them :D
 
#11
amazing__lobster said:
I was worried for a moment... Then I remember my Mac can't get viruses :D
Oh yes it can....

msr
 
#12
msr said:
amazing__lobster said:
I was worried for a moment... Then I remember my Mac can't get viruses :D
Oh yes it can....

msr
MSR is right. Its no more difficult to write malicious code for a mac than it is for a windows box (or linux for that matter). The fact that mac and linux are not prolific in the market place means that virus authors dont bother.

A rule of thumb with "virus alerts" is to delete them. They pretty much always include a phrase along the lines of "forward to everyone in your contacts" which generally means that the mail is nothing more than a chain letter, and does nothing more than make the internet slower for everyone.
 
#13
I may sound naive but why the fook do they hack your pc just to fook it up? What do they actually get out of it?

I really don’t understand it.
 
#14
#15
Salford-Vera said:
I may sound naive but why the fook do they hack your pc just to fook it up? What do they actually get out of it?

I really don’t understand it.
The sick sense of satisfaction, they are probably cruel to small animals too.

But seriously doesn't another "Microsoft has classified this as the most vicious/destructive/gayest virus ever" appear about once a fortnight? How pray is this virus going to "burn" your hard drive? If all else fails, reformat.

RSF K
 
#17
boney_m said:
A rule of thumb with "virus alerts" is to delete them. They pretty much always include a phrase along the lines of "forward to everyone in your contacts" which generally means that the mail is nothing more than a chain letter, and does nothing more than make the internet slower for everyone.
In its most simplistic form, by forwarding on this shite you are in effect creating a minor denial of service attack.

Get a Mac! :thumright:

They're brilliant for watching dvds/porn, music, internet/porn and photos/porn. They're gash for playing games but then that's what a Wii/Xbox360/PS3 are for.
 
#19
Ok OK, to all who replied - looks like I'm a little too arrogant :D :D :D Although I always thought if a virus tried to install itself, I'd be ask to type in the administrators password.

Krazy_Ivan said:
Salford-Vera said:
I may sound naive but why the fook do they hack your pc just to fook it up? What do they actually get out of it?

I really don’t understand it.
The sick sense of satisfaction, they are probably cruel to small animals too.

But seriously doesn't another "Microsoft has classified this as the most vicious/destructive/gayest virus ever" appear about once a fortnight? How pray is this virus going to "burn" your hard drive? If all else fails, reformat.

RSF K
Actually mate - I've heard of virus doing nasty things like playing around with motherboard settings, increasing the voltage to the CPU etc. This was a few year ago mind, but I'm sure there's ways of a virus bricking a machine.

A__L
 
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