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HOAX: IT JOKES

Using an IT jargon the word HOAX refers to informatics jokes. These are jokes that exploits the good faith of the end user while he/she is using electronic mail.

Generally speaking, HOAX are fake news coming via email, in most cases the writing tone is alarmist; the main goal is scare the end user and force him/her to send the email (HOAX) to other users (usually HOAX messages already suggest the user to send the same message to more people as possible).

As can be simply understood this is the easiest way to generate chain letters.

From long time the argument of Information Security was one of the most used to generate the spreading of HOAX messages regarding new powerful virus not yet detected by any AntiVirus on the market, all this exploiting the mutual help between friends.

Is not rare to find HOAX messages caring real Trojan Horse as an attached file coming with email.

In order to get protected by new infections is good use to update constantly your AntiVirus. If you have not yet tested the software released by TG Soft, we suggest you to try Vir.IT eXplorer Lite - Free Edition -, the free version that can be used by private and corporate end users.

Vir.IT eXplorer Lite is the free solution of its big brother Vir.IT eXplorer PRO. We like to remind to our reader that Vir.IT eXplorer Lite was especially developed to work alongside with other software security (AntiVirus/Internet Security) solutions already installed on the computer. The conjunct use of Vir.IT eXplorer Lite and other AntiVirus on the computer wonít harm or slow down the computer reactivity.


WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU RECEIVE A MESSAGE WARNING YOU ABOUT A NEW POTENTIALLY INFECTION COMING FROM VIRUS OF NEW GENERATION

What should you do if you receive a message warning you about a new potentially infection coming from virus of new generation.

If we receive this type of message from a friend via email we are forced to trust it authenticity, and we start helping other people sending them the same email.

Very well, letís start make some considerations: At first if a virus exists, it does mean that at least a few research center in the world has a sample of the infection and they are already working on it. As a plus, if the virus is really spreading quickly as presented in the message, there will be more research centers analyzing the infection. In other words some of the most expert person in this sector are already working and dissecting the new virus.

In Italy TG Softís C.R.A.M. research team is the most qualified center studying informatics infections and developing security software solutions for the protection and disinfection of computers by virus and malware.

It is very difficult believe to the idea that in the world exists viruses that canít be studied and for which arenít created specific algorithm to detect and intercept them.

Messages that are saying that a virus isnít detected by any AntiVirus canít be sent by an AntiVirus research center, as no serious research center would spread false and misleading email just to create unjustified panic.

If you come across an email messages and you thing it falls in the HOAX category, you can send it in any moment to tgsoft@tgsoft.it. In this way the C.R.A.M. team can confirm you or not if the message is a real HOAX and verify, eventually, attached files.



ARCHIVE HOAX

Profiles of some HOAX studied and analyzed by C.R.A.M..
we apologize for the inconvenience, please note that the tabs are readable only in Italian

  1. 03/05/2011 - INVITO
  2. 13/06/2006 - COPPA DEL MONDO
  3. 29/11/2002 - HELP
  4. 29/11/2002 - JDBGMGR.EXE
  5. 01/01/2002 - LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.PPS
  6. 01/05/2001 - SULFNBK.EXE
  7. 07/03/2001 - A VIRTUAL CARD FOR YOU
  8. 24/02/2001 - NUOVA TRUFFA CON IL TELEFONINO
  9. 01/02/2001 - I'M YOUR SHADOW! PLEASE PLEASE DON'T FORGET ME
  10. 10/01/2001 - BUDDLY SIP
  11. 21/12/2000 - UPGRADE INTERNET 2
  12. 09/11/2000 - CALIFORNIA IBM





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