Is the Hallmark Postcard virus real or hoax?

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I've just received a warning from a friend who received it from a friend etc
etc
Reckons the Hallmark Postcard virus is the worst yet.
Has been checked by Snopes.
Looks more like a hoax to me but is the truth known?

Henry



Re: Is the Hallmark Postcard virus real or hoax?

Dragon wrote:
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Google on "Hallmark virus hoax". It's a hoax, but e-cards can and do
carry viruses, so be cautious. Also, e-card websites often have a slew
of linked sites that want to set cookies, etc. I use Firefox's Noscript
extension, and allow cookies For Session only.

First hit (excerpt -- and note warning about similarly named actual virus):

"'Postcard' or 'Postcard from Hallmark' Virus Hoax
Netlore Archive: False email alert warns of 'the worst virus ever'
circulating in the form of an attachment labeled 'POSTCARD' or 'POSTCARD
FROM HALLMARK'

Description: Email hoax
Circulating since: Feb. 2008 (this version)
Status: False


IMPORTANT NOTE:

Some versions of this hoax claim the information was "verified" on
Snopes.com. This is NOT true. What has been verified on Snopes.com is a
different e-card virus threat with a similar name.

DO beware of phony "Hallmark" (or other) e-card notices -- they may
carry a real virus.

DON'T be confused by the false descriptions below.
{...]"


BTW, a reference to Snopes usually means a hoax, but it's worth checking
out snopes.com anyhow. A little healthy paranoia never hurt anybody. ;-)

HTH

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wolf k.

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Thanks Wolf
I did Google it but the results were a bit ambiguous with some claiming a
genuine virus.
Henry



Re: Is the Hallmark Postcard virus real or hoax?


| I've just received a warning from a friend who received it from a friend etc
| etc
| Reckons the Hallmark Postcard virus is the worst yet.
| Has been checked by Snopes.
| Looks more like a hoax to me but is the truth known?

| Henry


The *best* place to check is HoaxBusters at the CIAC
http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/HBHoaxIndex.html

Could be a variation of the "Olympic Torch Virus Hoax"
http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/cgi-bin/mfs/www/hoaxbusters/archive?link=http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/HBMalCode.shtml&file=/www/hoaxbusters/HBMalCode.shtml&line=2021#mfs



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Dave
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http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/cgi-bin/mfs/www/hoaxbusters/archive?link=http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/HBMalCode.shtml&file=/www/hoaxbusters/HBMalCode.shtml&line=2021#mfs
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Interesting links to Hoax busters and indeed I see the similarity to Olympic
Torch now that you have pointed me at it
In general I see 2 problems with using Hoaxbusters.
1 How does one find that the hoax of interest is a variant without doing a
search of the all the hoaxes listed?
2 the site has not been updated since 18 October 2007 as DOE has lost
interest according to the home page.
"The U.S. Department of Energy has decided that it no longer wants to be
associated with hoaxbusters.ciac.org so this site has been permanently shut
down. "

I did a Google on Hoaxbusters and found an alternative site that listed the
Hallmark hoax - once you dug far enough.
http://hoaxbusters.org /

Henry



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| Interesting links to Hoax busters and indeed I see the similarity to Olympic
| Torch now that you have pointed me at it
| In general I see 2 problems with using Hoaxbusters.
| 1 How does one find that the hoax of interest is a variant without doing a
| search of the all the hoaxes listed?
| 2 the site has not been updated since 18 October 2007 as DOE has lost
| interest according to the home page.
| "The U.S. Department of Energy has decided that it no longer wants to be
| associated with hoaxbusters.ciac.org so this site has been permanently shut
| down. "

| I did a Google on Hoaxbusters and found an alternative site that listed the
| Hallmark hoax - once you dug far enough.
| http://hoaxbusters.org /

| Henry


Thanx for that.  Until recently I haven't had to reference the CIAC's Hoax
Busters.  In
the last few days I have seen a few email hoaxes distributed.

I'm sorry to see it was dropped by the CIAC but I am glad it was pcked up.
However, not
by an "authority" like the CIAC.

The problem with the site, no good search engine!

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Dave
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It's nice to make a contribution for a change!

Henry



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| It's nice to make a contribution for a change!

| Henry

Thank you Henry!  :-)


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Dave
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Re: Is the Hallmark Postcard virus real or hoax?

On Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:52:22 -0500, David H. Lipman wrote

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I checked out Hoaxbusters and Snopes is still a better site for checking. It
has a much better layout and references sources at the end of each article.

Hud


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| On Mon, 4 Aug 2008 15:52:22 -0500, David H. Lipman wrote


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| http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org/cgi -
| bin/mfs/www/hoaxbusters/archive?link=http://ho

| axbusters.ciac.org/HBMalCode.shtml&file=/www/hoaxbusters/HBMalCode.shtml&line=

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| I checked out Hoaxbusters and Snopes is still a better site for checking. It
| has a much better layout and references sources at the end of each article.

| Hud


Snopes is not reliable.

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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
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Re: Is the Hallmark Postcard virus real or hoax?

David H. Lipman wrote:

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Back in the day, David Mikkelson was something of a kook:

http://www.killfile.org/~tskirvin/faqs/legends/legends1.html

There's a more coherent and updated accounting elsewhere, but I'm not
feeling like a missionary tonight.

With respect to your other post about the problem of site search on
sites lacking a search facility, see here:

http://www.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=searchguides.html&ctx=advanced

Scroll down to "Domain Search." For example, if you type (without the
quotes)

"Hallmark site:hoaxbusters.org"

it will bring up all pages with a reference to "Hallmark."

--
Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries

"You know you can indict a ham sandwich if you want to."
William J. Martini, Judge, United States District Court



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| David H. Lipman wrote:

| <snipped>

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| Back in the day, David Mikkelson was something of a kook:

| http://www.killfile.org/~tskirvin/faqs/legends/legends1.html

| There's a more coherent and updated accounting elsewhere, but I'm not
| feeling like a missionary tonight.

| With respect to your other post about the problem of site search on
| sites lacking a search facility, see here:

| http://www.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=searchguides.html&ctx=advanced

| Scroll down to "Domain Search." For example, if you type (without the
| quotes)

| "Hallmark site:hoaxbusters.org"

| it will bring up all pages with a reference to "Hallmark."

| --
| Rhonda Lea Kirk Fries

| "You know you can indict a ham sandwich if you want to."
| William J. Martini, Judge, United States District Court



Thanx Rhonda.

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Dave
http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
Multi-AV - http://www.pctipp.ch/downloads/dl/35905.asp



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