May 30, 2001

Hoax works better than a virus

Author: JT Smith

If you recently received an e-mail message warning of a nasty virus by the name of "sulfnbk.exe," what you probably received was nothing more than an old-fashioned mass-forwarded chain letter. The file in question is actually a Microsoft Windows program that restores long filenames. While a Symantec rep called the hoax "social engineering on a grand scale," another site was quick to point out that there was a virus-infected copy of sulfnbk.exe floating around, featuring a worm by the name of Magistr that is "well-known and easily removed with any good antivirus software." Full story at ZDNet.

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