Truth About Computer Security Hysteria
Malicious joke home pagesCATEGORY: Hoax virus alerts
Prank websites sometimes tell visitors they received a computer virus simply by reading the webiste with their eyeballs. Unfortunately, users fear viruses — and fear breeds panic.
One virus expert confirms these prank websites convinced at least one person into erasing months of data — by his own hand — just because he believed the prank.
You can help stamp out these malicious jokes when you complain to the hoaxster's Internet service provider. Fire off a stern message to the domain's technical contact. ISPs may fear a lawsuit if a customer's malicious joke backfires. They'll either terminate the joker's account or at least force him to stop toying with people's fears about computer viruses. Internet providers won't risk getting named in a lawsuit because of something a customer did.
Last updated: 2000/10/2