don't open "postcard" e-mail

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  1. ABall

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    May 30, 2008

    I got this from one of my E-mails today even if its not real its worth sharing incase it is.

    Please read: Big Virus coming
    http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/postcard.asp

    Hi All, I checked with Norton Anti-Virus, and they are gearing up for this virus!

    I checked Snopes (URL above:), and it is for real!!

    Get this E-mail message sent around to your contacts ASAP.

    PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING AMONG FRIENDS, FAMILY AND CONTACTS!

    You should be alert during the next few days. Do not open any message with an attachment entitled 'POSTCARD,' regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD IMAGE, which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your computer.

    This virus will be received from someone who has your e-mail address in his/her contact list. This is the reason why you need to send this e-mail to all your contacts It is better to receive this message 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.

    If you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though sent to you by a friend, do not open it! Shut down your computer immediately.

    This is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday, and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital information is kept ..
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    May 30, 2008

    There's a real Snopes link here, all right, and a real problem - but it has nothing to do with burning your entire drive C.

    Instead, as the Snopes link above points out, the problem is that clicking on the link within the email opens one's computer to a virus that that allows one's computer to be hijacked to participate in a denial-of-service attack. In a denial-of-service attack, a company's computer network is overwhelmed and shut down by hundreds or thousands of simultaneous requests for files; this virus makes people's computers send such requests automatically without the users' knowledge.

    Snopes recommends never clicking on a link in an email to open an e-card. Instead, Snopes recommends going directly to the Web site of the card company, finding the card-pickup page, and entering the ID code that's in the email you receive.

    The article on Snopes makes interesting reading.
     

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