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Hoaxes and Virus Myths
Hoax warnings are typically scare alerts started by malicious people - and passed on by innocent users who think they are helping the community by spreading the warning. We've seen cases where e-mail systems have collapsed after dozens of users forwarded a false alert to everybody in the company. Corporate users can get rid of the hoax problem by simply setting a strict company guideline: End users must not forward virus alarms. Ever. It's not the job of an end user anyway. If such message is received, end users could forward it to the IT department but not to anyone else. 
Where to Start
Virus Hoaxes Revisited
Quashing virus hoaxes and chain letters. Source: Network Magazine (March 1999)

Don't fall for a virus hoax
What is a hoax? How do hoaxes cost money? How to prevent hoaxes from spreading in your company. Keep yourself informed. Source: (Nov 1999)

Information about Hoaxes
This document contains information about hoaxes, chain letters, urban myths and other bogus information being routed around the Internet. Source: HoaxBusters

Virus Hoaxes and the Real Dangers They Pose
Virus Hoaxes are a fairly common phenomenon. Most email users have received messages warning of malicious viruses threatening to wreak havoc on their computers. Many of these hoaxes are harmless fun. Unfortunately, many pose real dangers. This article will offer a brief overview of virus hoaxes, how users can spot them, and how they can protect themselves against them. Source:

Hoax Lists
CIAC HoaxBusters
In addition to describing hoaxes and chain letters found on the Internet, this page covers how to recognize hoaxes, what to do about them, and some of the history of hoaxes on the Internet.

Datafellows Virus Hoax Index
This page is considered the industry standard information source for new virus hoaxes and false alerts. 

McAfee Virus Hoax Index tracks virus hoaxes as well as genuine viruses. The next time you receive an urgent virus warning message, check it against their list of known virus hoaxes. If it's a hoax, chances are you'll find it in their database.

Sophos Virus Hoax List
A fairly comprehensive list of hoaxes, chain letters, misunderstandings, etc.,

Symantec Virus Hoax Alerts
Symantec Security Response uncovers hoaxes on a regular basis. Please refer to this page whenever you receive what appears to be a bogus message regarding a new virus, or promotion that sounds too good to be true.

Trend Micro Hoax Encyclopedia
A comprehensive list of current hoaxes
Learn about computer virus myths, hoaxes, urban legends, hysteria, and the implications if you believe in them. You can also search a list of computer virus hoaxes & virus hysteria from A to Z.

Pinky, Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
Well, I think so Brain, but wouldn't anything lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?
- Pinky and the Brain in "Mice don't Dance"

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