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Guts to Say Jesus Hoax

Discovered:
May 15, 1999
Updated:
February 13, 2007 11:46:27 AM
Also Known As:
RETURNED OR UNABLE TO DELIVER
Type:
Hoax

This is not a virus; it is a hoax, and it should be ignored. The following are three known varients of this hoax:

Sample 1:

WARNING
If you receive an email titled "It Takes
Guts to Say 'Jesus', DO NOT OPEN IT.
It will erase everything on your hard
drive. This information was announced
on 21 April by IBM stating that this is
a very dangerous virus, much worse than
"Melissa", and that there is NO remedy
for it this time.
Some very sick individual has succeeded
in using the reformat function from Norton
Utilities causing it to completely erase
all documents on the hard drive. It has
been designed to work with Netscape
Navigator and microsoft Internet Explorer.
It destroys Macintosh and IBM compatible
computers. This is a new, very malicious
virus and not many people know about it.
Pass this warning along to EVERYONE in your
address book and please share it with all
your online friends ASAP so that this threat
may be stopped.
Please practice cautionary measures and tell
anyone that may have access to your computer.
Forward this warning to everyone that might
access the Internet.

Sample 2:

VIRUS WARNING !!!!!!!
If you receive an email titled "It Takes
Guts to Say 'Jesus'" DO NOT open it. It
will erase everything on your hard drive.
Forward this letter out to as many people
as you can. This is a new, very malicious
virus and not many people know about it.
This information was announced yesterday
morning from IBM; please share it with
everyone that might access the internet.
Once again, pass this along to EVERYONE
in your address book so that this may be
stopped. Also, do not open or even look
at any mail that says "RETURNED OR UNABLE
TO DELIVER." This virus will attach itself
to your computer components and render
them useless. Immediately delete any mail
items that say this. AOL has said that
this is a very dangerous virus and that
there is NO remedy for it at this time.
Please practice cautionary measures and
forward this to all your online friends
ASAP.

Sample 3:

If you receive an email titled "It Takes
Guts to Say 'Jesus' DO NOT OPEN IT. It
will erase everything on your hard drive.
This information was announced yesterday
morning from IBM; AOL states that this is
a very dangerous virus, much worse than
"Melissa", and that there is NO remedy for
it at this time. Some very sick individual
has succeeded in using the re-format
function from Norton Utilities causing it
to completely erase all documents on the
hard drive. It has been designed to work
with Netscape Navigator and Microsoft
Internet Explorer. It destroys MacIntosh
and IBM compatible computers. This is a
new, very malicious virus and not many people
know about it. Pass this warning along to
EVERYONE in your address book and please
share it with all your online friends ASAP
so that this threat may be stopped. Please
practice cautionary measures and tell anyone
that may have access to your computer.
Forward this warning to everyone that might
access the internet.Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.
Writeup By: Motoaki Yamamura
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