Facebook Christmas Tree Virus: it’s Still a Hoax
On a “old hoaxes never die” tack,it seems that final year’s Christmas Tree App “virus” warning is present again: during any rate, Facecrooks has found it required to put a warning on a Facebook page opposite swelling it.
There is copiousness of information accessible about this small beauty, so I’ll only give we a few pointers:
- Facecrooks cites a write-up during Hoax Slayer
- Snopes has a write-up here
- Geek Squad, that is purported in a hoax summary to have certified a alert, has denied it here (and also thrown in some recommendation for Facebook users)
- Graham Cluley enclosed some shade shots and a chronological note here, and we gilded a lily with some some-more information on a CHRISTMA EXEC worm here.
As we haven’t seen a new chronicle of a summary myself, here’s a one that Graham cited in 2010.
WARNING!!!!!!…..DO NOT USE THE Christmas tree app. on Facebookplease be suggested it will pile-up your computer. Geek patrol says a oneof a WORST trojan-viruses there is and it is swelling quickly.Re-post and let your friends know. THANKS PLEASE REPOST!
In 1990, a suggestion (though nothing of a code) of a worm was invoked by a summary displayed between 24th and 31st December, along with a Christmas tree graphic, on systems putrescent with a XA1 (Tannenbaum) virus. “Und er lebt doch noch: Der Tannenbaum!
Which means “and it still lives: a Christmas tree!” Indeed it does…
David Harley CITP FBCS CISSP
ESET Senior Research Fellow