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The Stone-Age Tasaday Hoax, 1971
Cursed by Allah
Rachael Ray cooks her family and her dog
The Crown Prince Regent of Thulia, 1954
Mencken's fake history of the bathtub, 1917
Pierre Brassau, Monkey Artist, 1964
The Lovely Feejee Mermaid, 1842
Dead Body of Loch Ness Monster Found, 1972
The damp spot that hoaxed a city, 1912
The Sandpaper Test, 1960
The Irish Virus hoax
This is just dumb. You receive an email with the following message: Greetings, You have just received the "IRISH VIRUS". As we don't have any programming experience, this Virus works on the honour system. Please delete all the files on your hard drive manually and forward this Virus to everyone on your mailing list. Thank you for your cooperation.
I think I've seen other versions of it that attribute it to other ethnicities/social groups. There's more info about it over at symantec.com. (submitted by Bob Pagani).
Categories: Email Hoaxes
Posted by The Curator on Sat Feb 21, 2004
Comments (5)
About that Irish Virus Hoax

Yes...
But what's funny is that, for the most part, people who are infected with a computer virus have to be just that foolish.

I mean, come on, DON't OPEN ATTACHMENTS, people...!
Posted by Bill  in  Pennsylvania  on  Sun Feb 22, 2004  at  08:55 AM
hehe i like that "we work on the honour system"
Posted by des  on  Wed Mar 03, 2004  at  03:31 PM
Bill Wrote:

About that Irish Virus Hoax

Yes...
But what's funny is that, for the most part, people who are infected with a computer virus have to be just that foolish.

I mean, come on, DON't OPEN ATTACHMENTS, people...!

COMMENT:

It's not that easy. I got a virus on my old computer and I NEVER open attachments. It was from a new virus that has no cure and says something like "ATTENTION: From you email service." It is not as simple as not opening attachements.
Posted by Alex  in  GA  on  Thu Mar 04, 2004  at  08:40 PM
FYI, this is making fun of the honor system viruses. Read about Jdbgmgr.exe virus. It was an email hoax that instructed to delete a virus Jdbgmgr.exe - which was really a valid and useful program.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jdbgmgr.exe_(computer_virus_hoax)

And to the "Don't Open Attachment guy", you are probably the person who gets the "Your computer is infected, download this virus software" pop up and install renegade virus protection.
Posted by Kat  in  MA  on  Tue Aug 22, 2006  at  12:35 AM
i can hack your things!!!
Posted by computerman  in  philippines  on  Sun Feb 17, 2008  at  02:43 AM
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