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Girl Who Killed Herself Virus Warning Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Post circulating via Facebook warns users not to open any message about “a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall” because the message contains a self-replicating Trojan virus.

Brief Analysis

The warning is a hoax. There is no virus with the characteristics described in this bogus warning message. Reposting the message serves only to spread false information.

Example

WARNING !! WARNING !! EXTREME VIRUS THREAT!!

If you see anything about A GIRL WHO KILLED HERSELF OVER SOMETHING HER FATHER WROTE ON HER WALL!!! ***DO*** NOT*** OPEN***

YOU will NOT be able to delete This self -replicating Trojan virus!!

PLEASE PASS ALONG QUICKLY BEFORE SOMEONE ……OPENS IT !!”

Detailed Analysis

Yet another “virus warning” message is currently circulating via Facebook. The posts warn Facebook users to watch out for any message about “a girl who killed herself over something her father wrote on her wall”. According to the “warning”, opening such messages will unleash a “self-replicating Trojan virus” that the user will not be able to delete.

However, the warning is a hoax. Security firm, Sophos,has confirmed that there is no virus (or Trojan) like the one described in this bogus warning message. People are reposting this warning in the belief that they are helping friends and family members avoid a dangerous computer security threat. In reality, perpetrating the hoax will help no one and may actually cause more problems than a genuine threat. In an August 6, 2010 blog entry about this hoax, computer security expert Graham Cluley notes:

Ironically, the warning about the hoax is spreading faster and wider, and is probably more of a nuisance, than any genuine infection. For those who care about such things, viruses and Trojan horses are different types of malware – it’s not possible to have a virus which is a Trojan horse. And by their very nature, Trojan horses cannot be self-replicating.

Furthermore, there’s no such thing as malware that you can’t remove so the claim that it “will not allow you to delete it” is nonsense too.

If this pointless hoax message comes your way, please do not pass it on to others. Passing on such hoax warnings does nothing more than spread misinformation.

This hoax warning may have arisen out of other widely circulated Facebook rumours about a young woman who allegedly killed herself after being bullied on Facebook. Some versions of the rumour suggest that the girl killed herself because of comments made on Facebook by her father or mother. Moreover, Internet rogues are now exploiting these rumours – and the fake virus warnings – by setting up bogus Facebook pages that promise to provide all the shocking details about the supposed suicide – as soon as the user has “liked” the page, shared it with others, and provided personal details on a scammy third party website.

Before you pass on any virus warning you receive via social networking websites or email, be sure to check if the warning is valid.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer