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- By now you've probably seen many copies of a bogus
action alert about the US Postal Service attacking the Internet with
"Bill 602P".</A> There is no such bill. The "alert" is a hoax. Please do
not forward it any further. Instead reply to all the recipients of it
that you see in the headers and let them know it is a hoax, to help stop
the spread of it any further. (June 16, 1999)
- EFF critic Bob Allisat posts a strange parody of
of an EFF action alert. Includes response.
- This article will give some examples
of what is meant by a pirate posting. These types of messages are in
effect text viruses (virii?), since these propagate from system to
system as a program virus might. Such distribution depends on users
and sysops who pass along on without checking for trouble.
- An April Fool's Day posting about the "news" that a
new "V-Chip" had been designed, for books, to enable automated
censorship of print media. The scary thing is that many people who
took it seriously were actually *in favor* of the idea!
- Recently, the internet community has endured a
wave of e-mail hoaxes and pranks, exploiting users unfamiliarity with
how the internet, and computer systems in general work. With the
explosive growth of the internet and its popularity, more and more new
users are "getting online" and becoming targets for pranksters.
- Updated netiquette classic - a humorously
sarcastic guide to avoiding online hoaxes, chain letters, and frauds
(and avoiding being someone known for perpetuating them.) Bonus:
also includes the "Bad Times Virus" parody, and the "bOING bOING Anti-
- On February 20, 1993, CBS aired "The Incredible
Discovery of Noah's Ark," Sun International Pictures' rehash of its
1976 film "In Search of Noah's Ark." At the end of June, Skeptics
Society advisor Gerald Larue publicly revealed (via Associated Press
and Time magazine) that George Jammal, one of the alleged eyewitnesses
of Noah's Ark on Mt. Ararat, was a hoaxer, and that Larue himself had
played a role in the hoax.
- Email message explaining the energy matrix
virus (the sender was unaware that this "virus" was a hoax).
- One of the more amusing things you can do to make
your life exciting is letting people believe they have seen some kind
of alien spacecraft, better known as UFO or
the effect of one.
- Government message debunking the "Good
Times virus" myth.
- a parody of a typical Net hoax, intended to mock
such hoaxes and "innoculate" the reader against the "Internet
- Brock Meeks article about the dreaded "modem tax" and
a history of the proposal.
- Message alerting the net community to the nefarious
plans of the FCC to tax modem use. The catch: the FCC has no such plans.
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