Re: Virus Alert!!!

From: John Walmsley (jwalmsley2@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Jun 03 2003 - 15:07:10 EEST


Scott Colman <scott@eppm.com> wrote: Dear List,

Please read and forward on,

Subject: Very Urgent!!!! PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR

If you receive an email titled: "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus" DO NOT OPEN IT. It will erase everything on your hard drive. 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 ! and please share it with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat maybe stopped. Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have access to your computer. Forward this warning to everyone that you know that might access the Internet. Joyce L. Bober IBM Information S
ystems Pittsburgh Mailing Systems 412 - 922-8744

Scott Colman - EPPM / Time Compression Technologies

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The "Guts to say 'Jesus'" Hoax

SR News: The "Guts to say 'Jesus'" Hoax


The "Guts to say 'Jesus'" hoax first appeared late in 1998. It died out for a while and has now made a huge resurgence. It is currently one of our most common virus hoaxes.

There is very little that is new in this hoax; it is mostly rehash of prior hoaxes (see Old Hoaxes Combined.) and this one falls into that category. I initially hesitated to post a specific warning about this hoax because I believed that readers of our hoax page would immediately recognize this is a hoax because it contains so much text stolen from prior hoaxes but sadly this isn't the case.

Note that only the beginning of this hoax contains some new text. But even this "new text" fits into the old hoax pattern started by The "Good Times" Email virus hoax. Where you are warned to avoid a virus by shunning email with some particular title. It also contains the sure-fire hoax indicator of asking you to forward this message to others. (If you see a virus warning like this, you should disregard it.)

Here is the beginning of this hoax:

VIRUS WARNING !!!!!!!
       If you receive an email titled "It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus,'" DO
       NOT open it.  It will erase everything on your hard drive.
       Forward this letter out to as many people as you can. This is a
       new, very  malicious virus and not many people know about it.
       This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; please
       share it with everyone that might  access the Internet. Once
       again, pass this along to EVERYONE in your  address book so that
       this may be stopped.
From this point on, the hoax contains text from the old "Undelivered Mail" hoax:
       Also, do not open or even look at any mail
       that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER." This  virus will
       attach itself to your computer components and render them
       useless.  Immediately delete any mail items that say this.
Now the hoax tries to claim some legitimacy by referring to AOL:
AOL has said that this is a very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this time. Please practice cautionary measures and forward this to all your online friends ASAP.
There is no such thing as a virus with no remedy. And yet again we see the classic hoax sign; a request to "forward this to all your online friends". Anytime you see this in an email, you can assume that the message is a hoax!

New Variation:

There is a recent variation on the above hoax that does some further appeals to authority in an attempt to add legitimacy to the hoax. This version of the hoax begins:
       I have verified this from an internet hoax verification site.
       This one is real..awareness is everything..

       This one has been verified by GE corp IT group.
Please note that checking with a hoax site (such as the one you are on now) will show ONLY the most common hoaxes. No site can list every hoax (there are hundreds of hoaxes that never get wide distribution). The fact that a hoax is not listed does not mean it's legitimate.

The hoax then continues along the lines of the original version:

       It appears to be real. All Email users, If you receive an email
       titled "It Takes Guts to Say 'Jesus'" DO NOT open it. It will
       erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this letter out to
       as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious virus
       and not many people know about it. This information was announced
       yesterday morning from IBM; please share it with everyone that
       might access the Internet. Once again, pass this along to
       EVERYONE in your address book so that this may be stopped. Also,
       do not open or even look at any mail that says "RETURNED OR
       UNABLE TO DELIVER." This virus will attach itself to your
       computer components >> >>>and render them useless. Immediately
       delete any mail items that say this. AOL has said that this is a
       very dangerous virus and that there is NO remedy for it at this
       time. Please practice cautionary measures and forward this to all
       your online friends ASAP.

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