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Red Alert

Red Alert

16 May 2000
13 February 2007

This is a hoax. In November 1996, a false warning was posted to several sites on the Internet that the Microsoft home page was distributing a virus. The creator of the message quoted a well known antivirus developer, Mikko Hypponen of Data Fellows, to lend credibility to the false claims.

The following statement was falsely attributed to Mikko Hypponen:

"This is a warning on a nasty hoax that has been distributed on several mailing lists and in usenet news. The hoax message is falsely attributed to me (
This false warning urges people to stay off Microsoft's home page and not to use Microsoft Internet Explorer, because the 'Microsoft home page is possibly infected by a virus'. This is nonsense.
If you have seen this warning, please pass on this message, and please do not redistribute the original warning any more." Please ignore any messages regarding this hoax and do not pass on messages. Passing on messages about the hoax only serves to further propagate it.