When the world is still on alert for the WannaCry virus, a hoax has circulated on WhatsApp in which in the first sentence it already asks us to send it to all our contacts. This false rumor alerts us to a message with an attachment called Windows Live Update, which is supposedly an infection that will destroy the hard drive . Something that is obviously a lie.
The message that circulated years ago and that reappears in WhatsApp groups is the following:
_ VERY IMPORTANT AND URGENT _
PLEASE, CIRCULATE THIS NOTICE TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, CONTACTS !!!
In the next few days, you must be attentive @: Do not open any message with an attached file called: Windows Live Update, regardless of who sends it to you. It is a virus that burns the entire hard drive. This virus will come from a known person who had you in his address list .. That is why you should send this message to all your contacts.
If you get the message called: Windows live update, even if it was sent by a friend, don't open it and turn off your device immediately. It is the worst virus announced by CNN. It has been classified by Microsoft
as the most destructive virus ever. This virus was discovered yesterday afternoon by Mc Afee. And there is no fix yet for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys Sector Zero of the Hard Drive
REMEMBER: IF YOU SEND IT TO THEM, YOU BENEFIT ALL OF US
Tomás González Dorribo
Captain of the Civil Guard
Telecommunications Service / SC. Technique
Mobile: 34.622.214.171.124 (33478)
Something that has caused the Civil Guard to notify the hoax on its own Twitter account to prevent its spread:
The #bulo returns via @WhatsApp alerting us of a virus when updating # WindowsLive # NiCaso # EsFalso
Update for your safety pic.twitter.com/CxFxy2n8Cn
- Civil Guard (@guardiacivil) May 16, 2017
Steps to follow if we receive a hoax
First of all, we must be suspicious of all the messages that come to us via WhatsApp and invite us to happily share it . This is how you get the spread of fake news.
On the other hand, specifically regarding this hoax, it talks about a virus announced by CNN but nothing else is explained. There is no link to a reliable source , such as the Police and the Civil Guard.
And on the other hand, the information is diffuse and catastrophic, with the sole objective of causing social alarm and thus being shared by the majority . The most advisable thing before sharing a message to all our contacts, a simple search in Google can help us to detect a hoax.