[thelist] Hoax was: New Virus Alert

Jorah Lavin madstone at madstone.net
Sun Jul 23 17:06:40 CDT 2000

At 04:44 PM 7/23/00, Eileen Mok wrote:

>1.   There is a new virus - WOBBLER. It will arrive on e-mail titled 

Okay, Eileen. Take a DEEP breath and go to your nearest search engine and 
run a search on "wobbler virus."

What do you find?


In 1999 there appeared a new hoax message warning about Wobbler virus. This 
virus does not exist. But there's a joke program called 'Joke.Win.Aloap' 
that is detected by Solomon as 'Wobbling Trojan'. The hoax message looks 
like this:
  WARNING:  If you receive an e-mail with a file called
  California, do not open the file. The file contains the WOBBLER
  virus.  This information was announced yesterday morning from
  IBM; AOL states that this is a very dangerous virus, much worse
  than "Melissa", and that there is NO remedy for it at this time.
  Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat
  function from Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase
  all documents on the hard drive. It has been designed to work
  with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer. It
  destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers. This is a new,
  very malicious virus and not many people know about it. Pass
  this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book ASAP so that
  this threat may be stopped.

Please... think twice before posting virus warnings.

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