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How exactly does a PC get cholera?

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Friday, 10 September 1999

IF YOU CAN read this, it means a miracle occurred. How else could your PC escape the '9/9/99 pre-Y2K bad date' worldwide catastrophe some fearmongers predicted?

Computer virus experts "are trying to stop an outbreak of cholera." In your PC. I don't make this stuff up, folks...

ZDNN says "a Trojan Horse masquerading as a JPEG file is allowing hackers to gain access to ICQ passwords, America Online Inc. officials confirmed." However, the reporter apparently only received sketchy details. Extraordinary claims like this one require extraordinary proof. An ICQ spokesman tells me they discovered another password-stealing program with a misleading filename, as usual. Roughly 0.0005% of ICQ users got duped into running it, as usual. AOL/ICQ security experts brought the problem under control, as usual. In other words, no big deal. (Did I stress "as usual" enough?)

PC World says computer virus experts "are trying to stop an outbreak of cholera." In your PC. I don't make this stuff up, folks.

Remember the Nobel Peace laureate who threatened Indonesia with a dozen computer viruses? He continues to denounce the genocide in East Timor, yet (thank God!) he still hasn't called for a cyber-war.