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California IBM / Wobbler Hoax
January 24, 2001 - MUSKEGON, MI - DejaNET Communications today received an email promoting what is known as the Califronia IBM / Wobbler Hoax.  This particular email is a combination of two very well known hoaxes.  An exact copy of the email is shown in full below:


1. There is a new virus - WOBBLER. It will arrive on e-mail titled
"CALIFORNIA". IBM and AOL have announced that it is very powerful,
more so than Melissa, there is no remedy. It will eat all your
information on the hard drive and also destroys Netscape Navigator
and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Do not open anything with this
title and please pass this message on to all your contacts and
anyone who uses your e-mail facility. Not many people seem to know
about this yet so propagate it as fast as possible.

2. If you receive an e-mail titled "Win A. Holiday" DO NOT open
it. It will erase everything on your hard drive. Forward this
letter to as many people as you can. This is a new, very malicious

If you receive a copy of this in your email, DELETE IT and DO NOT PASS IT ON!  Once again, you'll notice that two big name companies are named in the email and the phrase "Forward this letter to as many people as you can" is seen in the text of the email - these are your clues that this is a hoax.  Neither IBM nor AOL conduct any kind of virus research on viruses let alone announce virus warnings. 

Also, this so called warning mentions that the virus "will eat all your information on the hard drive" and "also destroys Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer".  First off, if a virus eats all your info or data, then ALL data will be lost - this includes Netscape and IE and everything else.  These two software names were put in here to make this email look more legit since almost everyone has one or both of these programs on thier computer.

Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.  This particular email had 69 different email addresses attached to it - that means this copy has passed at least 69 times wasting email storage space, hard drive space and system resources.

Once again, keeping your antivirus definitons up to date and only downloading files from the original sources are the ONLY WAY to protect yourself from ANY virus.

You may also visit the following links for more detailed info on this hoax:


Last Modified: 01/24/2001
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