Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Nuclear Email Virus

Watch out for an email coming in from various news sources (some come from “foxnews” or “google news”) that claims there was an issue at the “San Clemente Nucklear Power Station.” This is obviously a fake, especially if you are not signed up to receive email notifications from news sources.

This is what the email said:

Evacuation process has been started due to radiation leaks at San Clemente Nucklear Power Station.

Message CNN, San Clemente, CA - Major Problems have been occured at San Clemente Nucklear Power Station - 20-year old circuit breaker fails to close, creating a 4,000-volt arc and fire. Possible radiation leaks on 100miles area. Evacuation process has been started

See current videoclip:{Video clip link removed}
Do not open the email or the clip. Hope no-one gets this.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Especially because there is no "San Clemente" power station. There is however a "San Onofre" nuclear plant south of San Clemente. I live fairly close by. It's ALWAYS refered to as San Onofre, NEVER as San Clemente plant.

Anonymous said...

I got these messages today on my phone and immediately suspected a hoax because of the grammatical errors and misspelling. That stuff about an arc caused by a breaker failing to close is just nonsense. Anyway, was their goal to get you to click on the video link, or is this part of the campaign against "aging nuclear plants?"

Anonymous said...

Not to mention that the alarms would have sounded in the surrounding areas and it would have made the national news!

Anonymous said...

So far I have received it twice, once from foxnews and once from reuters. Curiously it arrived in an email account which until very recently never received spam.

Anonymous said...

So did our "friends" at NIRS create this virus?

Anonymous said...

I do received this email today.
It seems like, this email is orginated fron INDIA.

One good thing about this email is it lead me search search on the web and found this forum to read more about this email.

Anonymous said...

I also received this email through our spam filter. I clicked on them message but the link did not seem to go through. I hope I did not let the virus in. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHAT IS SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN IF YOU CLICK ON THE LINI.

e_james said...

This is a follow up comment to my earlier comment timed at 10.56pm.

I have received several emails recently on an account which I thought was free from spam. Two refer to San Clemente Nucklear and one to Barack Obama. On another account one refers to Sizewell B Nucklear. The IP addresses indicate that the senders mostly use ISPs in Poland (one in Ukraine). My own google search led me to blogspot posts which seem to have been placed deliberately to be found in such a search. In all cases the objective seems to be for me to view a video clip, which I have not done. Someone out there seems to be trying harder than usual to get my cooperation. Perhaps he should study English spelling and grammar.

From the experience of others, it would seem that it's all a sophisticated phishing scam.

http://weblog.techdad.net/2008/04/08/warning-watch-out-for-evacuation-processsan-clemente-nucklear-power-station-email/#comment-9577

I would really like to know how he got my email address.