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  Latest Email Hoaxes - Current Internet Scams - Hoax-Slayer
Hoax writers want their material to spread as far and as fast as possible, so almost every hoax email will in some way exhort you to send it to other people.
Hoaxes might also be started solely for the purpose of discrediting a company or individual.
For example, some virus hoaxes, such as the Elf Bowling hoax name a particular software program and may have been started simply because the author had some unnamed grievance and was seeking revenge.
www.hoax-slayer.com   (4546 words)

 Threat Explorer - Spyware and Adware, Dialers, Hack tools, Hoaxes and other risks
These hoaxes usually arrive in the form of an email.
Please disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users.
The best course of action is to merely delete these hoax emails.
www.symantec.com /business/security_response/threatexplorer/risks/hoaxes.jsp   (140 words)

  F-Secure : Security Information Center
This page is considered the industry standard information source for new virus hoaxes and false alerts.
Hoax warnings are typically scare alerts started by malicious people - and passed on by innocent users who think they are helping the community by spreading the warning.
We've seen cases where e-mail systems have collapsed after dozens of users forwarded a false alert to everybody in the company.
www.f-secure.com /virus-info/hoax   (205 words)

  Trend Micro Hoax Encyclopedia, alerts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Hoaxes are misleading, often false, information that have spread or are spreading – the most common channel of this spread being email.
This hoax encyclopedia is a repository of common hoaxes and is dedicated to the fight against wasted time, bandwidth, and even finances.
A hoax message will usually try to gain credibility by appearing to be based on sound technical standpoint or by referencing legitimate or legitimate-sounding organizations or individuals.
www.trendmicro.com /vinfo/hoaxes/default.asp   (370 words)

 CIAC Malicious Code Hoax Warnings
Hoax shown below appears to be an attempt to kill an e-mail chain letter by claiming that it is a self starting Trojan that destroys your hard drive and then sends copies of itself to everyone whose address in in your mailbox.
Nstorm (http://www.nstorm.com) has become the victim of a hoax chain letter stating that two of their games being distributed over the internet are infected with a virus.
The jdbgmgr hoax is almost the same as the sulfnbk hoax in that it tells you to delete a program that was installed with Windows.
hoaxbusters.ciac.org /HBMalCode.shtml   (12250 words)

 Cliff Pickover's Internet Encyclopedia of Hoaxes
These hoaxes are dangerous because patients may fail to get adequate treatment for tumors or other medical problems.
What I have learned from Mary's legacy is that there is increasing urgency for scientists and leaders to be vigilant in their struggle against hoax, especially now that the mass media makes it particularly difficult to distinguish fact from fiction.
Hoaxes, deceptions, and truth-stretching have become a common political weapon that shapes the destinies of nations.
sprott.physics.wisc.edu /pickover/pc/hoax.html   (4608 words)

While hoaxes do not automatically infect systems like a virus or Trojan, they are still time consuming and costly to remove from all the systems where they exist.
Sending a copy of a cute message to one or two friends is not a problem but sending an unconfirmed warning or plea to everyone you know with the request that they also send it to everyone they know simply adds to the clutter already filling our mailboxes.
Unfortunately, due to the high volume of e-mail that we receive, we are unable to reply to individual inquiries outside of the DOE community.
hoaxbusters.ciac.org   (434 words)

 Entomology - Blush spider Arachnius gluteus is a hoax
In September of 1999, an spider hoax started circulating on the internet about an alleged article allegedly published in the Journal of the United Medical Association regarding an allegedly deadly South American spider, Arachnius gluteus, which was supposedly brought into Chicago, had supposedly killed several women who had visited Big Chappie’s Restaurant in Blare Airport.
This hoax was widely circulated and passed along by concerned people.
In 2003, this hoax was resuscitated and modified where it was shifted to north Florida, the restaurant was now the Olive Garden and the spider was Telamonia dimidiata.
spiders.ucr.edu /debunk.html   (191 words)

 hoax encyclopedia
Please disregard the hoax emails - they contain bogus warnings usually intent only on frightening or misleading users.
… This hoax encyclopedia is a repository of common hoaxes and is dedicated to the fight against wasted time, bandwidth, and even finances.
There are several methods to identify virus hoaxes, but first consider what makes a successful hoax on the Internet.
www.jolietpages.com /hoax-encyclopedia.html   (317 words)

 Chain Letter Virus Hoax Warning)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If you have been reading our hoax page, you will notice the characteristic request to forward the hoax to others.
With the "hahahaha" and the "SCREW YOU!!!!" text, I would not have expected people to respond to this hoax but we have received copies of this that indicate quite a large number of people have followed the instructions in the hoax.
Fortunately, this hoax doesn't make supernatural claims ("bad luck") but simply makes claims that are impossible (being infected by a non-existent virus if you don't forward the hoax) so there's no reason to even think about complying this chain letter email hoax.
www.hoax.it /archivio/chain(55).htm   (210 words)

 Pranks, Frauds, and Hoaxes from Around the World (Skeptical Inquirer July 2004)
Twenty-five years later we saw the same hoax perpetrated by the Raelian Bishop Brigitte Boisselier, who claimed a group she headed called Clonaid had cloned five humans and that proof would be forthcoming.
The purpose of the hoax was to “warn the people of Australia to beware of people claiming to be psychics.” Plummer and Smith had brought Steiner to Australia because of a fairly large influx of foreign psychics who were being welcomed and accepted with incredible credulity by the natives.
However, when he revealed to them that the whole thing was a hoax, two were so upset that they refused to sign a release to use the material in the show he was filming.
www.csicop.org /si/2004-07/hoaxes.html   (4703 words)

 McAfee.com - Virus Hoaxes
Virus hoaxes are more than mere annoyances, as they may lead some users to routinely ignore all virus warning messages, leaving them vulnerable to a genuine, destructive virus.
Next time you receive an urgent virus warning message, be sure to check the list of known virus hoaxes below.
Remember that virus writers can use known hoaxes to their advantage.
vil.mcafee.com /hoax.asp   (136 words)

 Sophos describes hoaxes
Virus hoaxes are false reports about non-existent viruses, often claiming to do impossible things.
Unfortunately some recipients occasionally believe a hoax to be a true virus warning and may take drastic action (such as shutting down their network).
Although we do provide information about some non-virus-related hoaxes, chain letters, scams and misunderstandings, the primary aim of this section of the website is to provide information about hoaxes which are virus-related.
www.sophos.com /security/hoaxes   (121 words)

The key to a hoax's success depends on a division in our perceptions and, subsequently, in the manner in which we assess evidence, a division of which we are ordinarily unaware.
Surely the hoax's leading figure was Dawson, a lawyer and amateur geologist who, fascinated by early-man debates, envisioned a place for himself in this discussion, and in the annals of science.
To break the spell of a comforting hoax requires that our reasoning faculties be armed with sufficient information to block efforts on the part of emotions to reassert their picture of reality.
www.rugreview.com /orr/132hoax.htm   (5407 words)

 Piltdown Man
This was not an ordinary hoax; it was a systematic campaign over the years to establish the existence of Piltdown man. The early skull fragments were created in advance and salted with the foreknowledge that more extensive finds would be planted later.
Anthropologists refer to the hoax as 'another instance of desire for fame leading a scholar into dishonesty' and boast that the unmasking of the deception is 'a tribute to the persistence and skill of modern research'.
The hoax succeeded in large part because of the slipshod nature of the testing applied to it; careful examination using the methods available at the time would have immediately revealed the hoax.
home.tiac.net /~cri_a/piltdown/piltdown.html   (9620 words)

 The Sokal Hoax
The physicist says he was "troubled by an apparent decline in the standards of intellectual rigor in certain precincts of the American academic humanities." The hoax was his way of calling attention to this decline.
Both are "leftist" politically, but Sokal considers the New Left to be guilty of "epistemic relativism." (Is this another hoax?) He seems particularly peeved that the New Left promotes the notion that reality is a social construction.
Above all, however, the Sokal hoax demonstrates how willing we are to be deceived about matters we believe strongly in.
skepdic.com /sokal.html   (633 words)

 Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus ... but Alek's Christmas Lights Webcam was NOT real ... in 2004
I do plan to continue the "Santa" hoax for at least another year with my older son, and hopefully a couple of years with the younger son, but the time had come to disclose that people weren't really turning the lights on and off on my house.
But this may have been exceeded by the media coverage after I revealed the hoax where it was one of the most clicked-thru stories on sites such as cnn.com and wsj.com...
Finally, many people have said that they have found my comments/corrections on the media coverage of the hoax quite facinating to read and even some that have initially expressed their displeasure have subsequently written back to say now they are upset at the media for poor reporting on the hoax itself.
www.komar.org /christmas/hoax   (5072 words)

Hoaxes are forwarded e-mails warnings about viruses and virus-like programs.
Hoaxes are easy to create and require no programming.
That is, most people can't tell if hoax is referring to a true virus or not.
library.thinkquest.org /C005965F/viralinfo/hoaxes.htm   (256 words)

 Business Industrial Network investigates AOL4 hoax chain letter article
Before viewing a copy of this amazing letter that was posted to news groups, I suggest that you read on to find out about its validity.
At the bottom of the article, there is a link to a page with a copy of the hoax.
Now that you have read the above text, you will be more knowledgeable while viewing a sample of the fore mentioned AOL 4 hoax chain letter.
www.bin95.com /news/aol4hoax.htm   (919 words)

 The Sector Zero/Virtual Card For You "Virus" Hoax - U-M Virus Busters
Thanks to Lyndunham@aol.com for first bringing this hoax to our attention on 7 January, 2001.
Also, note the indefinite time "yesterday": this is an attempt to keep the hoax alive.
For this particular hoax, I suggest that you provide a pointer to this URL (http://www.umich.edu/~virus-busters/hoaxes/virtual.html)
virusbusters.itcs.umich.edu /hoaxes/virtual.html   (699 words)

 New Science: The Moon Landing Hoax (03/30/01)
It was easy to tell whether the Apollo radio signals were coming from the direction of the Moon, and whether the time delays in conversation matched the distance the signals had to travel.
The word "hoax" was invented on the American frontier around the year 1800.
Apollo 13 was unable to land on the lunar surface due to trouble on the spaceship, but collected Moon photos during a swing around the Moon.
liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov /news/2001/news-moonlanding.asp   (1250 words)

 Korova Multimedia § Hoax du Jour (home page)
The "Hoax du Jour" is a recurring column providing updated information and commentary on the Internet community.
What is a "hoax du jour?" With the advent of widespread use of the Internet as a medium for sharing information, the phenomenon of sharing misinformation has exploded.
Please take a moment to read the Hoax du Jour FAQ for this and other common inquiries.
korova.com /virus/hoax.htm   (649 words)

 The Seattle Times: Editorials & Opinion: The Bhopal hoax
The hoax played against British Broadcasting Corp. Friday is the downside of the Internet: Though it can instantly communicate knowledge and truth, it also can instantly communicate lies.
Friday was the 20-year anniversary of the disaster at Bhopal, India, in which a cloud of pesticide chemical from a Union Carbide plant killed 3,800 people and seriously injured many others.
Indeed, if one has to create an elaborate hoax in order to make one's point, we wonder how valid that point is.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/editorialsopinion/2002110180_dowed06.html   (341 words)

 Sophos hoax description: JDBGMGR
The JDBGMBR hoax tells the user to delete a file on their computer because it is a previously unknown virus.
This hoax is very similar to the SULFNBK hoax.
As usual, you are urged not to pass on warnings of this kind, as the continued re-forwarding of these hoaxes simply wastes time and email bandwidth.
www.sophos.com /security/hoaxes/jdbgmgr.html   (2338 words)

 Student's tall tale revealed - The Boston Globe
The professor, Brian Glyn Williams, said he went to his former student's house and asked about inconsistencies in his story.
The 22-year-old student admitted it was a hoax, Williams said.
Even if the assertion was a hoax, she said, it did not detract from Kennedy's broader point that the Bush administration has gone too far in engaging in surveillance.
www.boston.com /news/local/massachusetts/articles/2005/12/24/students_tall_tale_revealed   (666 words)

 TU-Berlin * Hoax-Info Service
Zu den wirtschaftlichen Schäden durch Hoaxes lesen Sie bitte auch den Vortrag von Howard Fuhs auf der Virus.Ger-Con im September 1998.
Melden Sie den Hoax, wenn alles klar ist, hier.
Informieren Sie den Absender, dass er einer Falschmeldung aufgesessen ist.
www.tu-berlin.de /www/software/hoax.shtml   (2817 words)

 BBC falls for Bhopal website hoax - World - www.smh.com.au
The BBC fell for a hoax report that Dow Chemical would compensate victims of the Bhopal disaster after visiting a website that led them to a "plausible spokesperson" who appeared on camera.
In preparing reports for the anniversary of the disaster at the Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India on December 3, 1984, the BBC "wanted to assess Dow's stance, comments, sentiments 20 years on", a BBC source said.
A researcher visited a Dow.com site which was "either a mirror image of the official website or somehow they've hacked in, we don't know and I wouldn't want to comment", said the source who asked not to be named.
www.smh.com.au /news/World/BBC-duped-by-Bhopal-hoax/2004/12/04/1101923347707.html?oneclick=true   (743 words)

 Amazon.com: The Hoax: Books: Clifford Irving   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Hoax, first published in 1981, is Irving’s explosive account of his own misdeeds -- and the inspiration for a soon-to-be released movie starring Richard Gere.
Born in Manhattan, Clifford Irving has traveled and lived throughout the world, is married, has three grown sons, and makes his home now on a beach in Mexico and on a Colorado mountainside, where he hugs trees, practices yoga, writes, and paints.
Then came the debate on the validity of the book, which was only solved by the eccentric billionaire ending his silence - not in front of a camera, but through a long-distance phone call to a panel of journalists who knew Hughes from years past.
www.amazon.com /Hoax-Clifford-Irving/dp/0932966144   (1922 words)

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