|The Hackingburgh hoax was first posted to Usenet in May 1997 with the following text, it is a classic rip-off of older hoaxes: |
Please read the following message and forward it to ANYONE you know!!!
FCC Virus Warning!!!
The FCC has just released a new virus warning of a email virus named
"Hackingburgh". This virus is spread throughout networks and email servers.
The infected message has random titles with one attachment and one Java applet.
When the person reads the message, the virus would be evoked automatically by
the commands of the suspicious Java applet. However, since the virus is so small,
executing it would be undetectable.
"Hackingburgh" is a Multi-Partite, memory resident virus. Once the virus has been executed by the commmands of the Java applet, it would overwrite the MBR and place the original MBR in sector 7, cylinder 1 of the disk. It would become memory resident everytime the computer has boot up and would infect any removable media, including floppies and Zip disks, that was inserted into the drives by placing itself at the end of the disk and altering the boot sector to point to this code. After the computer has boot up on the 13th of every month, the virus would reformat all visible hard drive partitions. Also, it might also corrupt program files slowly and cause illegal operations.
This virus attacks MS-DOS based computers. Under Windows 95 and NT, the files Explorer.exe & System.dat has a 3-in-5 chance of being corrupted. However, since the virus is a stealth virus, detection of the virus would be very difficult.
In order to prevent infection by the virus, switch off the capability of reading Java applets in your Java-enabled browser like Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer(both browser together counts for 98% of all browsers) before reading ANY email messages.
PLEASE FORWARD THIS WARNING MESSAGE TO ANYONE YOU KNOW!!
As with other hoaxes, Hackingburgh claims features that no virus could exhibit. To try to add credibility to the claim, it is said to originate from the FCC, a US Government organisation, although they do not actually issue virus warnings.
Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it.
Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.