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Discount Virus Hoax

Discount Virus Hoax

Discovered:
August 25, 2000
Updated:
February 13, 2007
Also Known As:
Honor System Virus Hoax



Discount Virus is a hoax and should be ignored. The following is an example of the email text:

This computer has just been infected by the Discount Virus.
Due to budgetary constraints we have had to let our programming staff go. We are counting on you to use the honor system.
Please erase all of the files from your hard drive and then send this message to the first 50 people on your mailing list. Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.

Ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax serves to further propagate it.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura