Osama Bin-Laden hanged email virus warning

TWO SUBJECT LINES of which to be AWARE.
Just verified this with Snopes and it is REAL. ALSO WENT TO TRUTH OR FICTION, IT’S on their site also.

PLEASE INFORM EVERYONE you know!

1.) 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 e-mail 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.

2.) You should be alert during the next few days:

Do not open any message with an attached file 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 an e-mail called ‘invitation’, even though sent by a friend. Do not open it!!!

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 other vital information is kept.

SEND THIS E-MAIL TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!!!
References:
snopes.com: Osama Captured/Hanged Virus
Information about the ‘Osama Captured/Hanged’ computer virus warnings.
…Osama Captured/Hanged Virus: “Osama bin Laden Captured” and “Osama bin Laden Hanged” Examples: [Collected via e-mail, 2004] Hey, Just got this…
…Hey, Just got this from CNN, Osama Bin Laden has been captured! A video and some pictures have been released. Go to the link below for pictures, I will…
…Osama Found Hanged Osama Bin Ladin was found hanged by two CNN journalists early Wedensday evening. As evidence they took several photos, some of…
Wed, 30 Mar 2011 12:44:16 GMT snopes.com/computer/virus/osama.asp

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Summary of the eRumor
There are at least a couple of versions of this eRumor. One warns that an email that claims to include pictures of Osama Bin Laden’s suicide is actually designed to trick you into opening a file that contains a virus. Another says that it’s the worst virus every known and will crash your hard drive.
The Truth
There is no Osama Bin Laden suicide or any suicide photos, but one of the emails claiming to have the pictures is actually carrying a virus. The goal of the email is to trick recipients into clicking the attached file. That unleashes a Trojan Hose type virus that makes it possible for the virus writers to take over your computer and use it as a messenger for reaching other computers. It is similar to the Anna Kournikova virus that circulated before this one and tried to lure recipients into clicking the file by offering nude photos. The folks at Sophos Anti-Virus classed it as VBS/Nedal-A and say it’s been around since 2002. For more details, go to:
us.mcafee.com/virusInfo/default.asp?id=description&virus_k=99686

I am surprised that virus protectors would not catch this one since it is one of the oldest known format virsus which simply wipes out the pointers via format command.

The Snopes link you said totally contradicts all of these assertions:

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 other vital information is kept.

Snopes lists this threat as “outdated,” saying, “Both trojans were easily detected and removed with updated virus protection software, and neither Osama message is circulating widely or poses much of a threat to PC users any more.” This all happened in 2004-2005.

Where did CNN call it the worst virus ever, where did Microsoft describe it as the most destructive virus ever, etc?

There is an alarming trend of these false emails that start by saying “Snopes says its true!” and then goes on to feed you BS.

When you actually check snopes, it turns out it is not true. Always check yourself.

I must note here that Apple computers are widely known for being immune to such PC-generated viruses.

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If you’re ever worried about a virus rumor, type something like “sophos osama captured/hanged virus” into google. Sophos does virus protection for big companies and governments, and they usually have the low-down really quick. Here’s their page on this one – note the date 2004.

glad i use mac:):):slight_smile: messing with you pc folk… my best friend is an pc it:D

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