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 :-).

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