The Olympic Torch Virus Burns Hard Drives Hoax

Here’s an interesting, and potentially worrying, email I’ve just received –

Olympic-torch-virus

READ IMMEDIATELY PLS

Get this sent around to your contacts ASAP…we don’t need this spreading around.

PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS:

You should be alert during the next days:

Do not open any message with an attached file called ‘Invitation’ regardless of who sent it, It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch 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, that is why you should send this e-mail to 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 ‘invitation’, though sent by a friend, do not open it and shut down your computer immediately.

This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

This virus was discovered by McAfee 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 information is kept

SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW, COPY THIS E-MAIL AND SEND! IT TO YOUR FRIENDS AND REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US

It sounds rather nasty – who wants to lose the entire contents of their hard drive?!?

Fortunately, just like the virus of the antichrist, it is a rather common email hoax, one that has been going around the internet for some time now in various guises.

Should you visit the McAfee site, you will discover that they have not reported this virus at all.

If you receive this email then do not panic and just delete it.

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Comments

  1. If you want to cut off this rumor effectively, why not begin the post by saying: “WHAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO READ IS A HOAX” rather than print the entire text of the hoax, THEN saying “sounds scary, doesn’t it?”? Just makes sense.

    • Well I thought having the word “hoax” in the title of the post by have been a bit of a giveaway!

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