This page is considered the industry standard information source for new virus hoaxes
and false alerts.
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
Do not forward hoax messages. 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.
Do note that we generally add only virus-related hoaxes to this list.
We can not evaluate whether non-computer related folklore stories are
urban legends or true stories. We're not going to add them to this
list either. Check http://www.snopes.com/ for general urban legends.
List of known hoaxes:
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