Subject: Fwd: VIRUS WARNING
Author: Rodney Atkins
Date: 3/30/99 12:26 PM
This was forwarded to me by Cassandra--it looks legit. Please distribute
to Priam, Hecuba, and your 99 siblings.
>WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
>IF YOU RECEIVE A GIFT IN THE SHAPE OF A LARGE WOODEN HORSE DO
>NOT DOWNLOAD IT!!!! It is EXTREMELY DESTRUCTIVE and will overwrite your
>ENTIRE CITY! The "gift" is disguised as a large wooden horse about two stories
>tall. It tends to show up outside the city gates and appears to be
>abandoned. DO NOT let it through the gates! It contains hardware that is
>incompatible with Trojan programming, including a crowd of heavily armed
>Greek warriors that will destroy your army, sack your town, and kill your
>women and children. If you have already received such a gift, DO NOT OPEN IT!
>Take it back out of the city unopened and set fire to it by the beach.
>FORWARD THIS MESSAGE TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
RE: Greeks bearing gifts
I hate to break to you, but this is one of the oldest hoaxes there is.
I've seen variants on this warning come through on other listservs, one
involving some kind of fruit that was supposed to kill the people who
ate it and one having to do with something called the "Midas Touch."
Here are a few tipoffs that this is a hoax:
1)This "Forward this message to everyone you know" crap. If it were
really meant as a warning about the Greek army, why tell anyone to post
it to the Phonecians, Sumerians, and Cretans?
2) Use of exclamation points. Always a giveaway.
3) It's signed "from Poseidon." Granted he's had his problems with
Odysseus but he's one of their guys, isn't he? Besides, the lack of a
real header with a detailed address makes me suspicious.
4) Technically speaking, there is no way for a horse to overwrite your
entire city. A horse is just an animal, after all. Next time you get a
message like this, just delete it. I appreciate your concern, but once
you've been around the block a couple times you'll realize how annoying
this kind of stuff is.