What do you think. Virus for OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gusanitoverde, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. gusanitoverde macrumors 6502

    gusanitoverde

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    Location:
    Northern California
    #1
    I just received this warning in my mailbox as a chain forwarded e-mail. I am still reluctant:


    You may want to insure that all our members know this.
    > >
    > > PASS THIS ON TO ANYONE YOU HAVE AN E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR.
    > >
    > > If you receive an email titled: "It Takes Guts to Say Jesus"
    > > DO NOT OPEN IT. It will erase everything on your hard drive.
    > > This information was announced yesterday morning from IBM; AOL
    states
    >that
    > > this is a very dangerous virus, much worse than
    > > "Melissa," and that there is NO Remedy for it at this time.
    > > Some very sick individual has succeeded in using the reformat
    function
    >from
    > > Norton Utilities causing it to completely erase all documents on
    the
    >hard
    > > drive.
    > > It has been designed to work with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft
    >Internet
    > > Explorer.
    > > It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers.
    > >
    > > This is a new, very malicious virus and not many people know about
    it.
    >Pass
    > > this warning along to EVERYONE in your address book ! and please
    share
    >it
    > > with all your online friends ASAP so that this threat maybe
    stopped.
    > >
    > > Please practice cautionary measures and tell anyone that may have
    access
    >to
    > > your computer. Forward this warning to everyone that you know that
    might
    > > access the Internet.
    > >
    > > Joyce L. Bober
    > > IBM Information Systems
    > > Pittsburgh Mailing Systems
    > > 412 - 922-8744

    It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible computers.
     
  2. homerjward macrumors 68030

    homerjward

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    #2
    i dont know thatfor sure but usually when it's a chain letter type format it's just a hoax, like the aim fee chain message a couple weeks ago which i *panicked* over. if there's a serious problem you'd hear more than a chain letter, probably an email from norton or ms or apple or something on the news or the internet or something. now this is not to say something like that couldn't happen (im not really sure) but it probably wouldn't be distributed in a chain letter from someone at ibm. btw has anyone tried the phone number. it's like 2:00 over there so "she's" probably not at work
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

    stoid

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    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    #3
    I think that they are full of ****. No code can execute on Mac OS X that erases critical system files without requiring the user to input an administrative name and password. It might be able to erase your home folder, maybe, but I think even that is pushing it. :rolleyes:
     
  4. sandman42 macrumors 6502a

    sandman42

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    Location:
    Seattle
    #5
    The warning *is* the virus!

    In situations like this, the only 'virus' is the warning itself. It propogates itself by exploiting people's fear. I work for a large company with a substantial intranet, and when one of these hoaxes arises it creates an 'e-mail storm' that suddenly strangles the network!
     

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