Greetings to our world-wide membership.
Normally, I do not bother to bring things like this to the attention of a mass audience. However, recently I have received various emails that gave me pause to question. Following is one of those emails.
VERY URGENT PLEASE CIRCULATE
In the coming days, DO NOT open any message regardless of who sent it to you with an attachment called: BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE.
It is a virus that opens an Olympics torch that burns the whole hard disk of your computer.
Directions: You should send this message to all of your contacts.
It is better to receive this e-mail 2 dozen times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a message called BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, even if sent by a friend, do not open, and shut down your machine immediately.
It is the worst virus ever announced by CNN. it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.
This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee.
There is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus destroys the Zero Sector of your hard disk, where vital information function is stored.
~ ~ oOo ~ ~
Upon checking this out, I found that (per Snopes) this has been around since at least the year 2000. In that time, it has had various incarnations, depending on the global situation at the time.
In regards to the current incarnation, I’ll post the information that I found, and there is a lot more available that I did NOT bother to check. I am comfortable with the replies I found, as noted below:
Per Snopes and Symantec, this is a hoax.
(This link is proof via Snopes of the hoax. The links in the email are as useful as a milk-bag on a bull. ) NOTE: I did not copy the links in the email, for this reason.
All I am attempting to do, is to make sure our readership is more aware that hoaxes are STILL being sent the rounds. AND to PLEASE verify through Google or any other search / information engine any virus alerts you may receive. Needless to say, this apples to a good many “news” items that we receive in emails, as well.
The staff of ‘Nox & Friends takes great pains to verify the information we disseminate to our faithful readers. We will continue to do so. THAT SAID, there may be times when things “Slip through the cracks”.
But it is very doubtful that Brian Williams or Rosie O’Donnell will ever be able to become staff writers for Hardnox & Friends~!
~ ~ Grouchy ~ ~
Who learned to verify information the hard way~!