Irina

Category: Virus hoax Discovered On: 01 Jan 2000
Type: hoax Updated On: 08 Jun 2006

Description

Irina was a publicity stunt gone wrong. The name is actually the title of a novel by the science fiction author Steven Baxter, which is set in the web; his publishers, Penguin Books, sent out a press release in the form of a spoof virus warning, obviously modelled on Good Times. A second press release, telling the reader that the previous was just a publicity stunt, didn't arrive quickly enough to stop recipients taking the warning seriously.

Like Good Times, the Irina spoof claims that a virus is spreading through email. No such virus exists, and in any case it would be impossible for it to work in the manner described.

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