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Virus Encyclopedia

Welcome to the Virus Encyclopedia of Panda Security.

ICE hoax

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread

Effects 

ICE hoax 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.

Infection strategy 

ICE hoax does not use any means of infection as it is not a virus.

ICE hoax gives false information in order to confuse users and convince them to resend the message.

Means of transmission 

ICE hoax does not use any means of transmission because it is not a virus.

However, ICE hoax tricks users into voluntarily forwarding the warning message, creating a rumor that spreads like wildfire via email.

There are several versions of the email message, that have the following characteristics and have no attached file:

  • Message 1:
    To all those who received a copy of the e-mail recommending that the word ICE be added to their phones address book (In case of emergency contact). I can not say for sure that information I have received this morning is legitimate, but better to warn you all.

    I am very sorry to report that some small minded idiot has created a text message that is being sent out randomly to mobile phone users, this text has a programme included that searches your phones address book for the word "ICE" or "I.C.E" and if found, you are charged for a premium rate message.

    It is a real shame that this sort of abuse happens, could I please ask all of you that have added ICE to your phone address book to remove it immediately. I am very sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.
  • Message 2:
    You know the email that's gone round saying put ICE then a contact number in case of emergency? Well don't do it cos....

    Be very careful with this one - although the intention is great it is unfortunately phase one of a phone based virus that is laying a path for propagating very quickly. Passing it on is part of the virus interestingly, such is the deviousness of the people who write these things.

    We have already seen the "second phase" where a program is sent as part of a ring-tone download that goes into your address book and looks for something it recognises - you've guessed it, an address book entry marked "ICE or I.C.E." or whatever. It then sends itself to the "ICE list", charging you for the privilege.
  • Message 3:
    WARNING - ICE IS PHONE BASED VIRUS, SEE BELOW!! Be very careful with this one - although the intention is great it is unfortunately phase one of a phone based virus that is laying a path for propagating very quickly. Passing it on is part of the virus interestingly, such is the deviousness of the people who write these things. We have already seen the "second phase" where a program is sent as part of a ring-tone download that goes into your address book and looks for something it recognises - you've guessed it, an address book entry marked "ICE or I.C.E." or whatever. It then sends itself to the "ICE list, charging you for the privilege.