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Halloween Virus Hoax

Halloween Virus Hoax

February 13, 2007

The following message has been sent by email. It is a hoax. The hoax message is similar to the following:

A friend of mine recently received a file "Trickor1.exe". When he opened the file, a halloween cartoon greeting appeared and asked "trick or treat". He thought it was cute until he found out the trick was really on him! This is a very dangerous virus. His entire harddrive was wiped out and could not be re-formatted. Unfortunately he had access to a network and the entire network was also wiped out! The virusthen attached a unknown remote server line to his company's network and phone lines. All of these lines were immediately clogged up as the unknown server used their phonelines to make out-of-country calls and call various pornlines. This could happen on a regular home modem, or a company server. The amount of charges thatcould be applied to your line depends on the number of lines and size of your company's server. This little email greeting could cost you or your company lots of money and time, so please be on the lookout!! I checked into and it has a few alternate names. It can be known as (could be in
.exe or .zip format):


Please be on the lookout for any of these files attached to emails. There could be various subjects on the email title but an example is: Trick or Treat, you make the call. There usually isn't any content in the body of the email, but there could be.Pass this along to everyone you know!!!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.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura