Speaking of Trojan Viruses ...

Anitra Freeman (anitra@speakeasy.org)
Tue, 9 Mar 1999 16:05:34 -0800 (PST)


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Subject: NWR: (humor) VIRUS WARNING!!

WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!

IF YOU RECEIVE A GIFT IN THE SHAPE OF A LARGE WOODEN HORSE DO NOT DOWNLOAD
IT!!!! It is EXTREMELY DESTRUCTIVE and will overwrite your ENTIRE CITY!

The "gift" is disguised as a large wooden horse about two stories tall. It
tends to show up outside the city gates and appears to be abandoned. DO NOT
let it through the gates! It contains hardware that is incompatible with
Trojan programming, including a crowd of heavily armed Greek warriors that
will destroy your army, sack your town, and kill your women and children. If
you have already received such a gift, DO NOT OPEN IT! Take it back out of
the city unopened and set fire to it by the beach.

FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!

Poseidon

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FROM: hector@studmuffin.com <mailto:hector@studmuffin.com>
TO: laocoon@doomgloom.edu <mailto:laocoon@doomgloom.edu>
RE: Greeks bearing gifts

Laocoon,

I hate to break to you, but this is one of the oldest hoaxes there is. I've
seen variants on this warning come through on other listservs, one involving
some kind of fruit that was supposed to kill the people who ate it and one
having to do with something called the "Midas Touch."

 Here are a few tipoffs that this is a hoax:

1) This "Forward this message to everyone you know" business. If it were
really meant as a warning about the Greek army, why tell anyone to post it
to the Phoenicians, Sumerians, and Cretans?

2) Use of exclamation points. Always a giveaway.

3) It's signed "from Poseidon." Granted he's had his problems with Odysseus
but he's one of their guys, isn't he? Besides, the lack of a real header
with a detailed address makes me suspicious.

4) Technically speaking, there is no way for a horse to overwrite your
entire city. A horse is just an animal, after all.

Next time you get a message like this, just delete it. I appreciate your
concern, but once you've been around the block a couple times you'll realize
how annoying this kind of stuff is.

Bye now,

Hector

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