The Email Virus (that never was)

I used to enjoy reading the Daily WTF. But now it is full of articles like this.

OK, so it is an interesting story about a nasty worm virus, and how a dumb manager got her just desserts for forwarding it to the entire company with a “Do not open the attachment – It is a virus” warning, and having many of the cattle they had for staff opening it and toast their PCs.

Interesting, and obviously not true.

When last did you see an email virus that did anything more than propagate? (And hence cause chaos w.r.t. network traffic) In reality, that’s all they do, and it’s been that way for a long time.

Virus programmers were a dumb bunch to begin with, and these days they are surely just “scripting kiddies”. If decent programmers wrote viruses, then yes, there is plenty of nasty stuff that could be done (I will not elaborate, in case one of the dumbasses reads this, although they would probably only toast their own machine), but it just doesn’t happen.


Sites like The Daily WTF are only funny when their posts are true. Contrived stories are not funny, especially when they are written poorly. There are plenty of imaginative people out there who are gifted in writing who could do a better job making up stories anyway.

Daily WTF administrator, what the fuck is wrong with you?


About Jerome

I am a senior C# developer in Johannesburg, South Africa. I am also a recovering addict, who spent nearly eight years using methamphetamine. I write on my recovery blog about my lessons learned and sometimes give advice to others who have made similar mistakes, often from my viewpoint as an atheist, and I also write some C# programming articles on my programming blog.
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