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27 December 1996
13 February 2007
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Death69 is not a virus; it is a hoax. It was first discovered posted to a newsgroup on Prodigy in early December 1996.

The message includes the following "warning:"

There is a new horrible virus on the loose! created late November by elite hacker "DEATH-BLAZE." The virus is full stealth and Trojan, once thought never possible, it first formats the hard drive, then it physically eats at the materials of the drive. researchers are stunned, they say it is probably the most destructive virus ever created.
The virus's name is "death69" witch as I stated earlier was created by elite hacker "DEATH-BLAZE"

The closing statement of the message claims that the warning was "written by the technicians at Norton Antivirus! distribute freely."

Symantec Security Response has, of course, never released such a notice. 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.