May 8 2006
We work in a world where end-users increasingly
are involved in influencing their IT organizations. What fascinates
me is how often-times, these end-users are just smart enough to be dangerous.
Today's example is the e-mail I just received from my father. The subject was "This is important". The contents said that there is a new e-mail virus out called "olympic torch", which is distributed via e-mail messages with the subject "Invitation". The e-mail even says that "[T]his is the worst virus announced by CNN". Funny, I hadn't heard of it before.
What gave away the hoax was the sentence that then said "This virus was discovered by McAfee yesterday". I know I'm behind in my reading, but I figured that if the "worst virus" was discovered yesterday, I would have heard about it by now.
A quick google search reveals that snopes and others have entries that debunk the hoax. Of course, I don't have the time to trace back all the people who were on the forward w/history on the e-mail my dad sent, but there are a lot of people who are now suspicious of their e-mails...even if their organizations have virus checkers on their mail systems. Unfortunate.
A good reminder that IT professionals are professionals for a reason. This will be useful for a customer meeting I have tomorrow.
(ps--no offense to Dad, he's just trying to be helpful :-).