|Deeyenda is not a virus; it is a complete hoax. |
There is currently no virus that has the characteristics ascribed to Deeyenda. The word of this supposed virus has been spread through Internet electronic mail, from an apparent student at Carnegie Mellon University.
The mail message describing the virus is taken from the original Good Time virus e-mail hoax. It could even be described as the first virus hoax strain. It even goes so far as to claim the warning is from the FCC (as does the Good Times hoax). Further, the message claims that this "[virus] rewrites your hard drive, obliterating anything on it."
Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax on serves only to further propagate it.
The hoax message follows:
VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION, PLEASE READ!
There is a computer virus that is being sent across the Internet. If
you receive an email message with the subject line "Deeyenda", DO NOT
read the message, DELETE it immediately!
Some miscreant is sending email under the title "Deeyenda" nationwide,
if you get anything like this DON'T DOWNLOAD THE FILE! It has a virus
that rewrites your hard drive, obliterates anything on it. Please be
careful and forward this e-mail to anyone you care about.
Please read the message below.
FCC WARNING!!!!! -----DEEYENDA PLAGUES INTERNET
The Internet community has again been plagued by another computer
virus. This message is being spread throughout the Internet, including
USENET posting, EMAIL, and other Internet activities. The reason for
all the attention is because of the nature of this virus and the
potential security risk it makes. Instead of a destructive Trojan
virus (like most viruses!), this virus referred to as Deeyenda Maddick,
performs a comprehensive search on your computer, looking for valuable
information, such as email and login passwords, credit cards, personal
The Deeyenda virus also has the capability to stay memory resident
while running a host of applications and operation systems, such as
Windows 3.11 and Windows 95. What this means to Internet users is that
when a login and password are send to the server, this virus can copy
this information and SEND IT OUT TO UN UNKNOWN ADDRESS (varies).
The reason for this warning is because the Deeyenda virus is virtually
undetectable. Once attacked your computer will be unsecure. Although
it can attack any O/S this virus is most likely to attack those users
viewing Java enhanced Web Pages (Netscape 2.0+ and Microsoft Internet
Explorer 3.0+ which are running under Windows 95). Researchers at
Princeton University have found this virus on a number of World Wide
Web pagesand fear its spread.
Please pass this on, for we must alert the general public at the