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Virus?! - cellophane — LiveJournal
the story of an invisible girl
I got an entertaining little worm/virus thingy yesterday. This is the second time I've received it. The email basically says, "Check your hard drive, you might have a virus!" Then it gives you detailed instructions on how to find and delete the file sulfnbk.exe from your hard drive. Then it says, "If you find it on your hard drive, send this e-mail to all in your address book, that's how it is transferred."

The funny part is: this file isn't a virus at all! It's a normal system file that will be on any computer running Windows! So people all over are finding this file, deleting it in horror, and then hastening to send the email to everyone in their address books.

Here's more info on the email.

I think the whole thing is so amusing because this "virus" actually makes you do all its work for it. After all, why should a hacker go to all the trouble of writing a program which will delete files off your hard drive and forward itself to everyone in your address book, when it's just as effective to tell you to do it instead?! Too funny.

Current Mood: amused amused

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mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: December 18th, 2001 07:56 am (UTC) (Link)
No better hacking tool than social engineering... :)

guingel From: guingel Date: December 18th, 2001 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
ahahaaa!! that's great! lol. (ok, I can only laugh at it because it hasn't happened to me, but still. . .)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 18th, 2001 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


Well, now you know! If you get the email, don't delete anything, and don't forward it. Plus, you can spend some time mocking the person who sent it to you, for being a sucker and doing a worm's work for it...heehee...!
guingel From: guingel Date: December 18th, 2001 02:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
lol--sounds like fun! XD
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