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Black Muslim in the White House


Virus:   "Black in the White House" (aka "Black Muslim in the White House")

HOAX

Examples:

[Collected via e-mail, December 2009]

URGENT!!! BLACK IN THE WHITE HOUSE
DO NOT OPEN
PLEASE CIRCULATE to your friends, family and contacts.

In the coming days, Do not open any message With an attachment called: Black in the White House, Regardless of who sent you ... It is a virus that opens an Olympic torch that burns the whole hard disk C of your computer.

This virus comes from a known person who you had in your list Directions. That's why you should send this message to all your Contacts. It is better to receive this email 25 times to receive the virus and Open.

If you receive a message called: black in the white house, even sent by a friend, do not open and shut down your machine immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. A new virus has been discovered recently it has been classified by Microsoft as the virus most Destructive ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by Mcfee and there is no repair yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the hard disk, where information vital function is stored.
 

[Collected via e-mail, July 2010]

URGENT!!! PLEASE CIRCULATE to your friends, family and contacts.

In the coming days, DO NOT open any message with an attachment called: BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE, regardless of who sent it to you. It is a virus that opens an Olympics torch that burns the whole hard disk C of your computer.

This virus comes from a known person who you have in your list.

Directions: You should send this message to all of your contacts.
It is better to receive this e-mail 25 times than to receive the virus and open it.
If you receive a message called BLACK MUSLIM IN THE WHITE HOUSE even if sent by a friend, do not open, and shut down your machine immediately.
It is the worst virus announced by CNN.
This new virus has been discovered recently it has been classified by Microsoft as the virus most destructive ever.
This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by McAfee..
There is no repair yet for this kind of virus.
This virus simply destroys the Zero Sector of the hard disk, where vital information function is held
 

Origins:   The 'Black [Muslim] in the White House' virus warning is yet another variant of the
same basic hoax which has been circulating in various languages since at least 2000, with occasional changes along the way. The original was most commonly seen in its incarnation as the "[Virtual] Card for You" hoax, then in time for the 2006 Winter Olympics someone dusted it off and reintroduced it as an "Olympic Torch" virus warning (also known as the "Invitation virus").

After the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, the same hoax was repackaged as a warning about a non-existent virus called "Black in the White House" (since modified to "Black Muslim in the White House"). In 2010, the same hoax was circulated yet again, this time with a tongue-in-cheek notice that virus mailings were accompanied by pictures of Gordon Brown (then the UK's Prime Minister) "actually smiling."

The bottom line is that no matter what the title du jour might be, this warning is pure hoax: No such (incurable) virus like the one described in this warning exists, has been identified by McAfee, or was reported on by CNN.

Additional information:  
http://home.mcafee.com/VirusInfo/VirusProfile.aspx?key=98893 A Virtual Card for You Hoax
(McAfee)
Last updated:   21 January 2014

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