What Is a Computer Hoax?


A computer hoax is a message, usually an email that warns a user of a fictional computer virus threat. It is usually harmless in nature and is only aimed at antagonizing a user and wasting their time. The email usually exaggerates the ability of the virus, such as it is capable of completely damaging the entire computer or erasing the content of the hard disk.
Q&A Related to "What Is a Computer Hoax"
If you get a hoax message in your e-mail from someone you know, send them back a link to the page in snopes.com that debunks it. EDIT: BUFF is correct, too. www.truthorfiction.com
The University Information Security Office (UISO) maintains links for some of the most current virus hoax warning sites. For these and other useful security-related sites, see Email
POSTSCRIPT : This website was frozen on December 31, 1999, as a permanent document on how all of us acted and reacted to the Y2K myth from 1997 to 1999. There will be no updates.
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