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Virus Encyclopedia

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Tsunami

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread

Effects 

Tsunami is a hoax and does not have any direct effects, as it is not a virus.

However, if this message is forwarded indiscriminately by users, it could lead to the following consequences:

  • Saturation of email accounts.
  • Use of your email address by spammers.

Note: some scams and phishing schemes have appeared, which attempt to gain fraudulent financial benefits by taking advantage of people's feelings about the disaster in South Asia. Please, be careful with the e-mail messages you receive about this matter, and make sure they come from a legitimate and trustworthy source.

Infection strategy 

Tsunami does not use any means of infection, as it is not a virus.

Means of transmission 

Tsunami does not spread by itself, but rather depends on tricking well-meaning users into forwarding the message. This creates a rumor that spreads like wild fire across the Internet.

The email message has the following characteristics:

  • Subject:
    The subject is usually Tsunami Ribbon, but it may vary.
  • Message:
    I BETTER NOT CATCH ANYONE BREAKING THIS RIBBON.
    This is a ribbon 4 the peoples families who have died in the tsunami
    in South Asia. Pass it on to everyone and pray. Something good will
    happen to u tonight at 11:11 pm. This is not a joke someone will either call u or write to u online to say 'I Love U,' do not break this chain;
    send to 13 people in the next 15 min.
  • Attachments: it does not contain any attachments.

 

Some examples of e-mail scams and phishing schemes that have appeared related to the tsunamis are included below: