Here is the text of the hoax:
There is a computer virus that is being sent across the Internet. If you
see a newsgroup message with the subject line "A MOMENT OF SILENCE..", DO
NOT read the message, DELETE it immediately. Please read the messages
Some miscreant is posting news under the title " A Moment of Silence for
the Unbor" nationwide, if you get anything like this, DON'T READ THE
MESSAGE, DON'T DOWNLOAD THE FILE! It has a virus that rewrites your hard
drive, obliterating anything on it. Please be careful and forward this to
anyone you care about.
The FCC released a warning last Wednesday concerning a matter of major
importance to any regular user of the Internet. Apparently a new computer
virus has been engineered by a user of AMERICA ON LINE that is
unparalleled in its destructive capability. Other more well-known viruses
such as "Stoned", "Airwolf" and "Michaelangleo" pale in comparision to the
prospects of this newest creation by a wartped mentality. What make this
virus so terrigying, said the FCC, is the fact athat no program needs to
be exchanged for a new computer to be infected. It can be spread through
the existing NEWSGROUP and email systems of the Internet.
Once a Computer is infected, one of several things can happen. If the
computer contains a hard drive, that will most likely be destroyed. If the
program is not stopped, the computer's processor will be placed in an
nth-complexity infinite binary loop -which can severly damage the
processor if left running that way too long.
Unfortunately, most novice computer users will not relaize what is
happening unitl it is far too late. Luckily, there is one sure means of
detecting what is now known as the "silent moment" virus. It always
travels to new computers the same way in a text message with the subject
line reading "A MOMENT OF SILENCE". Avoiding infection is easy once the
file has been received simply by NOT READING IT! The act of the loading
the file into the mail server's ASCII buffer causes the "MOMENT OF
SILENCE" mainline program to initalize and execute.
The program is higly intelligent- it will send copies of itself to
everyone whose email address is contained in a receive-mail file or a
sent-mail file, if it can find one. It will then proceed to trash the
computer it is running on.
The bottom line is: -if you receive a file containing the following;
\ [P] / o<<<<<>>>>> "PRAY THE HOLY ROSARY" <<<<<>>>>>
DELETE IT IMMEDIATELY!!! Do NOT READ IT !! Warn your friends and local
system users of this newest threat to the net.