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Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Message circulating on Facebook warns users not to open an attachment called “Invitation Fb” or “Invitation FACEBOOK” because it will launch an “Olympic torch” virus that destroys the hard drive of the infected computer.

Brief Analysis

The claims in the warning are utter nonsense and should not be reposted. The warning is nothing more than a Facebook driven variant of an old hoax email that has circulated since 2006.

Example

VIRUS : Do not open a message with an attachment called Invitation Fb regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch and will take the whole hard disk C of your computer. This virus has been received from a friend: Delete the invitation immediately. This VIRUS is classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever, and there is no fix for this yet.PLEASE circulate THIS.

Invitation FB Hoax Message

 

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware….. Do not open any message with an attachment called: Invitation FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone you had in your address book .. That’s why you should send this message to all your contacts. It is better to receive this email 25 times to receive the virus and open it .. If you receive a mail called: Invitation FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, do not open it and delete it immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. A new virus has been discovered recently that has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever. It is a Trojan Horse that asks you to install an adobe flash plug-in. Once you install it, it’s all over. 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 of their function is saved.

Detailed Analysis

According to yet another “virus” warning that is rapidly making its way around social network Facebook, users should watch out for messages with an attachment named “Invitation Fb”. The warning claims that the attachment contains an Olympic torch virus that “will take the whole hard disk C” on the infected computer. The message further claims that this virus has been classified by Microsoft as the worst ever.

However the claims in the message are total nonsense. There is no virus like the one described in the warning. In fact, the message is nothing more than a Facebook flavoured variant of a tired old virus hoax that has circulated via email since 2006. As the following example of the 2006 email version reveals, the two are clearly woven from the very same cloth:

You should be alert during the next days: Do not open any message with an attached filed called “Invitation” regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch which “burns” the whole hard disc C of your computer. This is the worst virus announced by CNN, it has been classified by Microsoft as the most destructive virus ever.

And the original Olympic Torch hoax was itself derived from an even earlier hoax email that began circulating more than a decade ago. Several other hoax messages based on the same “Olympic Torch” theme have circulated since 2006. None have contained even a shred of truth.

Spreading false virus warnings will help nobody. If this hoax message appears on your Facebook page, please do not repost it. And please help to stop its spread by informing the poster and other users that the message is a hoax.

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

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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