Identifying hoaxes


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 How to identify a hoax warning. Spam faq and how to decipher fake email addresses and posts.

Lists of common hoaxes list of 27 popular hoaxes Another list, including new ones specifically marked. IBM antivirus online hype alerts 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 Urban legends, including some hoaxes

Authorative organisations from the US Dept of Energy. What to do, what not to do, how to identify etc. Leading virus authority. Useful information. International Computer Security Association. Lots of useful stuff. by Charles Hymes who works for Hewlett-Packard Company

Real viruses and how they work How a virus can be attached to an email and what to do about it. Huge database of real viruses.

Chainletters Computer Incident Advisory Capability organisation advice on chainletters.

Do's and don'ts re mailing lists Useful list of do's and don'ts on a mailing list.

© Phil Bradley 1998