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Online! The Book by Wendy Taylor, Chris Pirillo, John C. Dvorak

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Hoaxes

You should always be on guard against hoaxes, whether perpetrated by a hacktivist with a cause or a con man with an angle. Even the most good-natured hoax can have unintended security repercussions. Some hoaxes are downright malicious, such as a virus that spreads itself in an email entitled “Antivirus upgrade.” Some are scams, such as a site that purports (falsely) to be a billing department of AOL. Others are simply annoying, such as those that temporarily replace the InterNIC, the former domain registration service of the Internet, with a separate site to protest its monopoly.

Email Hoaxes

The most common place where you'll run into a hoax in is your inbox. Some urban legends have been forwarded from inbox to inbox for years: the dog ...

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