Red Alert

In November of 1996, a false warning was posted to several sites on the Internet that the Microsoft home page was distributing a virus. The creator of the message quoted a well known anti-virus developer, Mikko Hypponen of Data Fellows, to lend credibility to the false claims. The following statement was issued by Mikko Hypponen: This is a warning on a nasty hoax that has been distributed on several mailing lists and in usenet news. The hoax message is falsely attributed to me ( false warning urges people to stay off Microsoft's home page and not to use Microsoft Internet Explorer, because the 'Microsoft home page is possibly infected by a virus'. This is nonsense. If you have seen this warning, please pass on this message, and please do not redistribute the original warning any more. Please ignore any messages regarding this supposed "virus" and do not pass on any messages regarding it. Passing on messages about this hoax serves only to further propagate it.

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