Wireless TV virus

Kategorie: Hoax Entdeckt auf: 12 Apr 2005
Typ: hoaxAktualisiert auf: 08 Jun 2006


Am 1. April 2005 schrieb der VNU Journalist Iain Thomson einen Artikel über einen angeblichen neuen Wireless-Virus, der sich über TV-Signale verbreitet. Der Virus soll andere elektronische Geräte mit Uhr ausfindig gemacht und infiziert haben.

Obwohl es sich dabei offensichtlich um einen Aprilscherz handelt, wurde diese Story auf einigen Websites, im Glauben sie sei wahr, veröffentlicht.

Der Text des Hoaxes lautet folgendermaßen:

Wireless TV virus wreaking havoc

A new wireless virus has had security experts warning all households to take precautions.

Gregor.A was first detected in the early hours of the morning in Australia and has quickly spread via wireless connections and TV signals. Once activated it seeks out any electronic device with a clock, which is then reset to zero, before sending itself on.

"We've been talking about zero day attacks for quite some time and now someone has taken us seriously," said Professor Aprille Eine of the government's new computer research centre OFVIR.

"We are very concerned that people are not reacting quickly enough to face the threat from this attack. When its payload is activated there could be chaos in homes across the country."

The government is urging people to check around their homes for signs of infection and disconnect any appliances that are showing a clock with flashing zeros. Computers, videos and TVs are all susceptible.

Antivirus firms are working on a signature and expect to have a solution by the end of the day.

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