How to protect your address book--Hoax?

  jack 08:32 20 Jul 2009
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In my mail to-day- got the advice -
'How to help protect your e-mail address book'
it suggests making the first address in the list [email protected] and the last [email protected]
with an explanation of the whats and why's

A Google - suggests it is a hoax.
Is it?
What do you think?

  rawprawn 08:46 20 Jul 2009

Does it really matter if you are running the appropriate Firewall and AV?

  jack 08:58 20 Jul 2009

I certainly never considered it.
The reason I ask is that so much of this stuff - you know -the sort of thing
'Don't open this 'A postcard from a friend'
- send this message to your address book- then if you are a 'friend' you get the warning and pages of addresses.
Some folk- simply send it on without a critical checkup [Google]

  VoG II 09:17 20 Jul 2009

Not a hoax, more of an urban myth. It is based on the presumption that malware will start with the first (or last) entry in your address book, attempt to send a copy of itself to that address then fall over because the address is invalid. Unfortunately malware is a lot more sophisticated than that.

  anniesboy 10:33 20 Jul 2009

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