Updated: February 13, 2007 11:49:45 AM
Also Known As: Yahoo!, PANTS/HAGIS, W0rld D0m1n4t10N
This is a hoax. On Monday, December 8 at 7:00pm PST (-08:00 GMT), hackers broke into the popular Yahoo! Internet search engine site and modified the default page to include a threatening message. The message stated that the Yahoo! site had been distributing a computer virus to all visitors for the past month and unless convicted hacker Kevin Mitnick was released from prison, the virus would wreak havoc on the world. The message was posted to the "no frames" section of the home page, and only for 15 minutes, so the exposure to visitors was kept to a minimum.
This message is a hoax, meant only to scare people and draw attention to the hackers. No virus was planted by the hackers and none was distributed from the Yahoo! site to visitors.
The hoax message was as follows:
For the past month, anyone who has viewed Yahoo's page & used their search engine, now has a logic bomb/worm implanted deep within their computer. The worm part of this 'virus,' (in layman's terms) spreads itself across internal networks that the infected machine is on. Binary programs are also infected.
On Christmas Day, 1997, the logic bomb part of this 'virus,' will become active, wreaking havoc upon the entire planet's networks. The virus can be stopped. But not by mortals. An antidote program has been written. This program is resting somewhere on a computer in the southeastern hemisphere.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.