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Lions Den virus

CATEGORY: Publicity stunt virus alerts

Readers' input to our HoaxFYI service points to a Lions Den virus hoax — spread by a porn site in an attempt to scare gullible people to visit them.

The hoax/spam appears to come from "Dave Norton, VirusCenter@CNN.com." It claims "CNN Brings you information on the new devistating computer virus known as the 'Lions Den' virus. This virus is reported to be costing internet providers such as AOL ,MSN ,Yahoo, and Earthlink millions of dollars due to loss of members."

The email then provides a link "for more details and information on how you can protect your computer." Anyone gullible enough to want to know more will go directly to a porn site.

The hoax/spam appears to come from CNN to make it look more legitimate. It's just the latest attempt by an unscrupulous person to exploit the value of computer virus hysteria.

Last updated: 2002/2/25