This is yet another hoax email virus in the vein of the infamous Good Times hoax.
The text of the current incarnation of the Baby New Year hoax email
virus is reproduced below. Of particular note are the spurious
"Center for Internet Security", and the ridiculous concept of
"the Internet's central server".
IMPORTANT!!! YOUR COMPUTER IS PROBABLY INFECTED WITH A VIRUS. IN TURN,
YOU HAVE SPREAD THIS VIRUS TO FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND CO-WORKERS JUST BY
SENDING THEM EMAIL.
PLEASE READ AND PASS ON TO ANYONE TO WHOM YOU HAVE SENT EMAIL SINCE
The latest run of the Center for Internet Security's most advanced virus
detection software has revealed a new security threat, Baby New Year
Virus, which, by CIS estimates, has already infected up to 42 million
computers worldwide. If you have received any email since September 11,
your computer has most likely already been infected.
The BNY virus apparently originated in Washington State on or around
September 7th of this year. It made its initial appearance at the
Internet's central server on September 11 through an email message.
Simply by passing through, the email message infected the server, which
in turn passed the virus on to every message that it has sent since
September 11. Low estimates on the number of infected messages hover
around 460 million.
The lifecycle of the virus will prove to be one of the most devastating
since the Michaelangelo scare. It begins by attaching itself to email
files. If your computer is infected, the virus will then attach itself
to word processing documents, spreadsheets, and virtually anything else
that may in turn be opened on other computers. After infecting a
computer, the virus will lay dormant until 11:59 and 30 seconds pm on
Dec 31 of this year.
At that point, it will reset the year on your computer's internal clock
to 1999. Half a minute later, the year on your clock will flip to 2000
rather than 1998 - unleashing the wrath of the millenium bug two years
So how does this affect you?
The millenium bug is a great example of how programmers let seemingly
minor issues slip through the cracks. Computers keep track of the year
only in double digit intervals - 97, 98, 99 - rather than 1997, 1998,
1999. The problem is that "19" is the default for the first two
digits. As a result, at the dawn of the new millenium, the year on
computers worldwide will switch to 00 and your computer, and your bank's
computer, and the IRS, and everyone else will think it's 1900!
Difficulties will run the gamut from a personal computer freezing no
longer allowing installations or document editing to the interest rates
controlled by Wall Street giants plummeting to 1900's rates.
Luckily, an antidote to this potentially devastating virus has been
You can disinfect your computer directly from the web at
You can also email email@example.com to receive the latest update.
It is CRUCIAL that you send this email to EVERYONE you have sent mail to
since September 11. This bug can be squashed ONLY if everyone who has
received email from the infected server is notified and downloads the
antidote. Everyone the initial infectants sent mail to must then be
notified, and everyone THEY sent mail to, etc., etc.