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bams50
12-18-2006, 07:44 PM
URGENT!!
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. READ AND HEED.



I just verified this with Snopes and it is REAL.

PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE

Emails with pictures of Osama Bin-Laden hanged are being sent and the
moment that you open these emails your computer will crash and you will
not be able to fix it!


If you get an email along the lines of "Osama Bin Laden Captured"

or "Osama Hanged" don't open the attachment.

This e-mail is being distributed through countries around the globe, but
mainly in the US and Israel .

Be considerate & send this warning to whomever you know.

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 filed 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

Take it FWIW.

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

65cruiser
12-18-2006, 08:37 PM
You've been had. This has been going around for a long time. While the Osama Hanged does carry a trojan, you have to actually open the file to be infected. Just don't open files that come as attachments to your email. Especially zip files.

Also, I doubt you really checked Snopes. If so you'd see that the threat is real but outdated. Not exactly something that's just appeared. Oh, there is a cure too.

I'm suspecting you just passed on something that you received in your email.[}:)]

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp

Also, if you go to McAfee's page, you'll find this:

http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_140696.htm

Basically, it says:

Osama Hanged - Type Hoax


quote:Originally posted by bams50

URGENT!!
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. READ AND HEED.



I just verified this with Snopes and it is REAL.

PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE



________________________
Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser
http://home.alltel.net/anderm

http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/smstude.jpg

65cruiser
12-18-2006, 08:37 PM
You've been had. This has been going around for a long time. While the Osama Hanged does carry a trojan, you have to actually open the file to be infected. Just don't open files that come as attachments to your email. Especially zip files.

Also, I doubt you really checked Snopes. If so you'd see that the threat is real but outdated. Not exactly something that's just appeared. Oh, there is a cure too.

I'm suspecting you just passed on something that you received in your email.[}:)]

http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp

Also, if you go to McAfee's page, you'll find this:

http://vil.nai.com/vil/content/v_140696.htm

Basically, it says:

Osama Hanged - Type Hoax


quote:Originally posted by bams50

URGENT!!
BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. READ AND HEED.



I just verified this with Snopes and it is REAL.

PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE



________________________
Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser
http://home.alltel.net/anderm

http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/smstude.jpg

bams50
12-18-2006, 08:55 PM
I had a couple friends who are computer savvy that thought it might be real. I should have used quotes to show I just cut-and-pasted it; you're right, I didn't check it- don't even know what "Snopes" is [:I]

My feeling was, I wasn't real worried if it wasn't real... but in case it was, the prevention is so easy...

First thing I thought of was to get this to my Stude peeps! I hope it is a hoax...[B)]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

bams50
12-18-2006, 08:55 PM
I had a couple friends who are computer savvy that thought it might be real. I should have used quotes to show I just cut-and-pasted it; you're right, I didn't check it- don't even know what "Snopes" is [:I]

My feeling was, I wasn't real worried if it wasn't real... but in case it was, the prevention is so easy...

First thing I thought of was to get this to my Stude peeps! I hope it is a hoax...[B)]

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

Guido
12-18-2006, 08:59 PM
Now for the trivia, where does the name Snopes originate? I suspect Mr. Biggs may know, so I will ask him to hold off on responding.

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Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
12-18-2006, 08:59 PM
Now for the trivia, where does the name Snopes originate? I suspect Mr. Biggs may know, so I will ask him to hold off on responding.

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Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

studeclunker
12-18-2006, 10:16 PM
I wish people would check these things out before posting them. Like I shouldn't have trusted this and I did. Now I've been embarrased by forwarding this to some close friends. I'm going to paste in a friends response to this. Jeannie is in the trade and knows the latest on these things. Like an idiot I didn't check with her first. Here's her response to me:

[quote]quote:Dearest Ron:

When you forward these types messages you inadvertently clog mail boxes and help slow down mail systems already overburdened by millions of unsolicited spam messages. Additionally, by attaching everyone’s email address together in one mass mailing you played directly into the hands of SPAMMERs, who often use these types of messages to identify live e-mail addresses. Until today Jeann***@########.net was my VERY private e-mail address known only to a handful my closest and dearest friends. And the ONLY address that doesn’t receive ANY spam. However well intentioned your message was, by attaching my address in mass, you effectively destroyed any privacy I once had. I love you a lot Ron, and think you are one of the brightest lights in my life … but Please, Please don’t ever send me a mass message again. At the very least HIDE the attached e-mail addresses.

While the trojan mentioned is real, it is no longer considered to be a significant threat and warnings about the trojan that continue to circulate are highly inaccurate and counter-productive. In 2004, emails were circulating that claimed that Osama Bin Laden had been captured or had been found hanged. The information in these emails was false. Bin Laden had not been captured.

Opening the attachment that came with these emails or clicking on a link in the message may have installed a malicious trojan on the recipient's computer. There were several versions of the message. Some carried an attachment that supposedly contained photographs of the capture. Others included a link to a website that supposedly showed pictures or news footage of Osama Bin Laden's arrest.

Other malicious messages that used similar false information about Osama Bin Laden were also distributed in 2004.

As well as the trojan bearing messages themselves, a number of warning emails about the messages began to circulate. The emails warn recipients about the danger of opening messages about Bin Laden. Although the danger was real, the warning messages are seriously exaggerated. The trojan that came with the Bin Laden emails was certainly malicious, but it was unlikely to damage the infected computer to such an extent that it could not be repaired.

Fake information about famous (or infamous) people is often used as a means of distributing email worms or trojans. In June, 2005 an email message about the apparent suicide of Michael Jackson directed recipients to a website that downloaded a trojan. Hackers and virus writers use many different ruses in order to trick recipients into infecting their computers.

If you receive a message similar to the ones you described, DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with the email. DO NOT click on any links included in the email. The best way to protect yourself from threats of this nature is to ensure that your computer is protected by up-to-date anti-virus software and an Internet firewall.

That said, the threat posed by the trojan described in your e-mail long since ceased to be a significant danger. However, garbled and highly inaccurate warning messages about this trojan continue to circulate. One of these messages combines a highly exaggerated warning about the Bin Laden trojan with totally false information about a non-existent "Olympic Torch" virus. These warnings do no good and should not be forwarded.

There is no such thing as the Olympic Torch Virus. This hoax first surfaced in February, 2006, just days before the opening ceremonies of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. It is a reworking of early h

studeclunker
12-18-2006, 10:16 PM
I wish people would check these things out before posting them. Like I shouldn't have trusted this and I did. Now I've been embarrased by forwarding this to some close friends. I'm going to paste in a friends response to this. Jeannie is in the trade and knows the latest on these things. Like an idiot I didn't check with her first. Here's her response to me:

[quote]quote:Dearest Ron:

When you forward these types messages you inadvertently clog mail boxes and help slow down mail systems already overburdened by millions of unsolicited spam messages. Additionally, by attaching everyone’s email address together in one mass mailing you played directly into the hands of SPAMMERs, who often use these types of messages to identify live e-mail addresses. Until today Jeann***@########.net was my VERY private e-mail address known only to a handful my closest and dearest friends. And the ONLY address that doesn’t receive ANY spam. However well intentioned your message was, by attaching my address in mass, you effectively destroyed any privacy I once had. I love you a lot Ron, and think you are one of the brightest lights in my life … but Please, Please don’t ever send me a mass message again. At the very least HIDE the attached e-mail addresses.

While the trojan mentioned is real, it is no longer considered to be a significant threat and warnings about the trojan that continue to circulate are highly inaccurate and counter-productive. In 2004, emails were circulating that claimed that Osama Bin Laden had been captured or had been found hanged. The information in these emails was false. Bin Laden had not been captured.

Opening the attachment that came with these emails or clicking on a link in the message may have installed a malicious trojan on the recipient's computer. There were several versions of the message. Some carried an attachment that supposedly contained photographs of the capture. Others included a link to a website that supposedly showed pictures or news footage of Osama Bin Laden's arrest.

Other malicious messages that used similar false information about Osama Bin Laden were also distributed in 2004.

As well as the trojan bearing messages themselves, a number of warning emails about the messages began to circulate. The emails warn recipients about the danger of opening messages about Bin Laden. Although the danger was real, the warning messages are seriously exaggerated. The trojan that came with the Bin Laden emails was certainly malicious, but it was unlikely to damage the infected computer to such an extent that it could not be repaired.

Fake information about famous (or infamous) people is often used as a means of distributing email worms or trojans. In June, 2005 an email message about the apparent suicide of Michael Jackson directed recipients to a website that downloaded a trojan. Hackers and virus writers use many different ruses in order to trick recipients into infecting their computers.

If you receive a message similar to the ones you described, DO NOT open any attachments that arrive with the email. DO NOT click on any links included in the email. The best way to protect yourself from threats of this nature is to ensure that your computer is protected by up-to-date anti-virus software and an Internet firewall.

That said, the threat posed by the trojan described in your e-mail long since ceased to be a significant danger. However, garbled and highly inaccurate warning messages about this trojan continue to circulate. One of these messages combines a highly exaggerated warning about the Bin Laden trojan with totally false information about a non-existent "Olympic Torch" virus. These warnings do no good and should not be forwarded.

There is no such thing as the Olympic Torch Virus. This hoax first surfaced in February, 2006, just days before the opening ceremonies of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin, Italy. It is a reworking of early h

John Kirchhoff
12-18-2006, 10:51 PM
Well Ron, don't beat yourself up too badly. I'm not doubting anything your friend Jeanne said, but I don't know if it's possible to keep spammers from getting your address and trying to sell you everything from porno to house loans. I get all kinds of that crud and when I look at the address on the spam, they're going down the list alphabetically and I'm somewhere in the middle. Sometimes there's only a letter or two difference between mine and others. I suspect someone has some kind of machine that goes through the alphabet trying every possible email address combination and the ones that aren't returned as undeliverable get sold to spammers. No different than a combination lock, try enough combinations and eventually you'll hit the right one.

John Kirchhoff
12-18-2006, 10:51 PM
Well Ron, don't beat yourself up too badly. I'm not doubting anything your friend Jeanne said, but I don't know if it's possible to keep spammers from getting your address and trying to sell you everything from porno to house loans. I get all kinds of that crud and when I look at the address on the spam, they're going down the list alphabetically and I'm somewhere in the middle. Sometimes there's only a letter or two difference between mine and others. I suspect someone has some kind of machine that goes through the alphabet trying every possible email address combination and the ones that aren't returned as undeliverable get sold to spammers. No different than a combination lock, try enough combinations and eventually you'll hit the right one.

bams50
12-19-2006, 04:50 AM
Ron, if you're addressing me, I can tell you I don't feel I am in any way wrong by posting this here! Had this been real and able to do the damage it said, I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through that when the only action needed to be safe from it was to know not to open certain e-mails...

I didn't send anyone any "mass spams"- and I am not a computer expert. My ONLY motivation was to try to help those I care for avoid something bad; for that I do not owe, nor will I offer, any apology. You will note that I didn't forward it to any of you, or anyone else- simply posted it on a message board for my friends to read and heed. This is not a "chain" of forwards, and has no "list" of addresses attatched.

Your "friend" is the one that's wrong for not realizing the spirit in which the letter was sent; like me, you probably didn't send it to "clog" anything or give addresses to spammers. You can tell her for me I'm sorry her e-mail address and life were destroyed; that it was my fault all this happened, and you were duped by me; I'm sorry to have caused all the terrible problems, it wasn't intended; I hope her life gets better soon; and maybe cut back on the coffee a little...;) And if you want you can tell her how to write me through this forum if she gets a thrill out of "embarrassing so badly" well-intentioned folks.

In the future, if I see a way that I might be able to save folks I care about from some possible big problem, I will do it again..... be forewarned!!!!.....[:0]:D

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

bams50
12-19-2006, 04:50 AM
Ron, if you're addressing me, I can tell you I don't feel I am in any way wrong by posting this here! Had this been real and able to do the damage it said, I wouldn't want anyone to have to go through that when the only action needed to be safe from it was to know not to open certain e-mails...

I didn't send anyone any "mass spams"- and I am not a computer expert. My ONLY motivation was to try to help those I care for avoid something bad; for that I do not owe, nor will I offer, any apology. You will note that I didn't forward it to any of you, or anyone else- simply posted it on a message board for my friends to read and heed. This is not a "chain" of forwards, and has no "list" of addresses attatched.

Your "friend" is the one that's wrong for not realizing the spirit in which the letter was sent; like me, you probably didn't send it to "clog" anything or give addresses to spammers. You can tell her for me I'm sorry her e-mail address and life were destroyed; that it was my fault all this happened, and you were duped by me; I'm sorry to have caused all the terrible problems, it wasn't intended; I hope her life gets better soon; and maybe cut back on the coffee a little...;) And if you want you can tell her how to write me through this forum if she gets a thrill out of "embarrassing so badly" well-intentioned folks.

In the future, if I see a way that I might be able to save folks I care about from some possible big problem, I will do it again..... be forewarned!!!!.....[:0]:D

Robert K. Andrews Owner- IoMT (Island of Misfit Toys!)
Parish, central NY 13131
http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2358680/1

65cruiser
12-19-2006, 05:53 AM
FYI Robert, the problem I have with these type of emails and/or posts is that someone receives one, then automatically assumes it's the truth. I really had a problem with this statement you made:

I just verified this with Snopes and it is REAL.

If you had verified it on Snopes to be real, then maybe a warning might be useful. But, all I had to do was go to snopes.com, search for Osama virus, and it was right at the top.

My dad used to endlessly forward me things like this until I showed him the snopes website. Now he checks out everything before he sends it on.

Now, where is that Mr. Shaw........:D

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1965 Cruiser
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65cruiser
12-19-2006, 05:53 AM
FYI Robert, the problem I have with these type of emails and/or posts is that someone receives one, then automatically assumes it's the truth. I really had a problem with this statement you made:

I just verified this with Snopes and it is REAL.

If you had verified it on Snopes to be real, then maybe a warning might be useful. But, all I had to do was go to snopes.com, search for Osama virus, and it was right at the top.

My dad used to endlessly forward me things like this until I showed him the snopes website. Now he checks out everything before he sends it on.

Now, where is that Mr. Shaw........:D

________________________
Mark Anderson
1965 Cruiser
http://home.alltel.net/anderm

http://home.alltel.net/anderm/images/smstude.jpg

John Kirchhoff
12-19-2006, 08:56 AM
I'm like Robert, I had no idea who or what "Snopes" is. Besides, I don't know what the big deal is. So it's a warning that's been out for some time, so what? I figure better to suspect a threat that isn't there than to let your guard down and take it in the shorts. They may have saved that unsuspecting person a $150 hard drive. Robert and Ron, your intentions were good and that's what counts. You both could have easily not given a rip about anyone else, so don't worry about it. On the down side, I guess Jeanne will now get 500 emails a day from Nigerian EDS salesmen and Russian porno purveyors. Hmmm, that thought made me grin just a bit.....

John Kirchhoff
12-19-2006, 08:56 AM
I'm like Robert, I had no idea who or what "Snopes" is. Besides, I don't know what the big deal is. So it's a warning that's been out for some time, so what? I figure better to suspect a threat that isn't there than to let your guard down and take it in the shorts. They may have saved that unsuspecting person a $150 hard drive. Robert and Ron, your intentions were good and that's what counts. You both could have easily not given a rip about anyone else, so don't worry about it. On the down side, I guess Jeanne will now get 500 emails a day from Nigerian EDS salesmen and Russian porno purveyors. Hmmm, that thought made me grin just a bit.....

BShaw
12-19-2006, 08:57 AM
Ah, 'tis a relatively fine and always wavering line between being too aggressive and too cautious in reporting things like this. I do recommend getting one's own independent corroboration before forwarding ANY multi-recipient emails these days. www.snopes.com and the www.cnet.com forums are among several good resources.

Still, I much prefer knowing that someone out there is watching my back too closely than not watching out for me at all. :)

Anyway, unless Bin Laden or computer viruses have a Studebaker connection...
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BShaw
12-19-2006, 08:57 AM
Ah, 'tis a relatively fine and always wavering line between being too aggressive and too cautious in reporting things like this. I do recommend getting one's own independent corroboration before forwarding ANY multi-recipient emails these days. www.snopes.com and the www.cnet.com forums are among several good resources.

Still, I much prefer knowing that someone out there is watching my back too closely than not watching out for me at all. :)

Anyway, unless Bin Laden or computer viruses have a Studebaker connection...
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BShaw,Webmaster
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