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Virus hoax

A virus hoax is a false message warning users of having a computer virus. It comes in many forms, some are emails and some are pop-up windows.

 

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Hoax

A hoax is a term we use to generally describe a fake or false warning. For more information, see this blog post on a more in-depth look at hoaxes.

Synonyms: scams and shams

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September 28, 2016 - Facebook has once again become the inadvertent launchpad of another celebrity death hoax campaign, luring fans of celebrity couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie within the network to click potentially harmful links not a day long after the news of their divorce has hit mainstream media.

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August 9, 2016 - Celebrity death hoaxes are not new, yet every now and then someone with a public name can land on these bogus news headlines in an attempt by social engineers and hoaxers to gain traction and let the nature of the internet take its course.

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December 30, 2014 - Watch out for accounts on Instagram claiming a mass purge is coming on January 1, 2015 unless your account is "verified", with the aid of a so-called Verification Arrow.

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November 15, 2021 - We look at a bogus FBI mail sent via a site error to as many as 100,000 recipients, and explain why you shouldn't worry if you received one.

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March 23, 2021 - We look at the impact of a Royal Mail phishing scam as described by the victim, caught out not once but twice by the scammers.

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January 4, 2021 - A roundup of cybersecurity news from December 28 - January 3 including a Zyxel backdoor, a patched Google Docs bug, and breach data for sale.

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