Identifying hoaxes

Introduction

Read about a virus which can infect your hard disk or do other nasty things? So have I. Again and again and again. I've put together a list of resources that can be used to help you identify real viruses, hoaxes, and what to do about them. This is not a comprehensive list at all, but it should provide a useful starting point.

Identifying hoax warnings

http://www.why-not.com/virus/hoaxes.htm How to identify a hoax warning.
http://ddi.digital.net/~gandalf/spamfaq.html Spam faq and how to decipher fake email addresses and posts.

Lists of common hoaxes

http://www.cut-bank.mt.us/~support/tutor/hoax/existing.htmlUseful list of 27 popular hoaxes
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/hoax.html Another list, including new ones specifically marked.
http://www.av.ibm.com/BreakingNews/HypeAlert/ IBM antivirus online hype alerts
http://kumite.com/myths/ Computer virus and hoaxes page, myths and legends, new ones, flareups of old ones, misconceptions, recommended books, webpages, documents available for d/l, A-Z of them
http://urbanlegends.miningco.com/ Urban legends, including some hoaxes

Authorative organisations

http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACHoaxes.html from the US Dept of Energy. What to do, what not to do, how to identify etc.
http://www.drsolomon.com/ Leading virus authority. Useful information.
http://www.ncsa.com/services/consortia/anti-virus/alerthoax.html International Computer Security Association. Lots of useful stuff.
http://www.nonprofit.net/hoax/hoax.html by Charles Hymes who works for Hewlett-Packard Company

Real viruses and how they work

http://www.stiller.com/Vmacro.htm How a virus can be attached to an email and what to do about it.
http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACVirusDatabase.html Huge database of real viruses.

Chainletters

http://ciac.llnl.gov/ciac/CIACChainLetters.html Computer Incident Advisory Capability organisation advice on chainletters.

Do's and don'ts re mailing lists

http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/Web4Lib/#Policy Useful list of do's and don'ts on a mailing list.


© Phil Bradley 1998