Facebook Invitation Olympic Torch Virus Warning - Facebook Rumour

08/22/11 - Article No: 1346. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR CONTACTS! In the coming days, you should be aware. Do not open any message with an attachment called: INVITATION FACEBOOK, regardless of who sent it. It is a virus that opens an Olympic Torch that burns the whole hard disc C of your computer. This virus will be received from someone you had in your address book. If you receive a mail called: INVITATION FACEBOOK, though sent by a friend, DO NOT OPEN IT and DELETE IT..Post this on your wall PLEASE

This latest incarnation of the popular Olympic torch virus hoax is as equally false as its much older variations. In reality, virus hoaxes using essentially the same script have been circulating for many, many years, even before Facebook was born, and this is just another adaptation of a much older virus hoax template designed at panicking Facebook users into spreading an utterly useless message.

Whilst it is true that users should exercise caution when downloading attachments to emails they receive, there is no such threat like the one described above and the consequences of installing malicious attachments described in the message above is just far-fetched nonsense.

You can read more about the Olympic Torch virus hoax warning here to see some of the obvious similarities with that warning and this one, or even take a look at some more recent variations, such as the Gordon Brown is smiling variant which again uses a near identical script to fool users.

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