The willingness to believe improbable stories without thinking. The urge to forward multiple copies of such stories to others. A lack of desire to take three minutes to check to see if a story is true.T. C. is an example of someone recently infected. He told one reporter, "I read on the Net that the major ingredient in almost all shampoos makes your hair fall out, so I've stopped using shampoo." When told about the Gullibility Virus, T. C. said he would stop reading email, so that he would not become infected.
Department of Energy Computer Incident Advisory CapabilityThose people who are still symptom free can help inoculate themselves against the Gullibility Virus by reading some good material on evaluating sources, such as:
Symantec Anti Virus Research Center
Network Associates Virus Hoax List
The Urban Legends Web Site
Urban Legends Reference Pages
Datafellows Hoax Warnings
Evaluating Internet Research SourcesLastly, as a public service, Internet users can help stamp out the Gullibility Virus by referring people who send out virus warnings to this page!
Evaluation of Information Sources
Bibliography on Evaluating Internet Resources