“Dance of the Hillary,” a new virus, is reportedly flooding apps and social networking sites like Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter.
Reports are saying that a video named “Dance of the Hillary” contains a dangerous virus that has been circulating and should not be accepted by one. The message, which was posted on social media, claims that the video possesses the capability to wipe data from one’s device and format the device.
According to onlinethreatalerts.com, the message reads:
Please inform all contacts from your list not to open a video called the “Dance of the Hillary”. It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on BBC radio. Fwd this msg to as many as you can!
After thorough research, the message has been found to be a hoax. It has been created to act as a scare tactic by pranksters.
A year ago, in April 2015, a similar hoax named “Dance of the Pope” was reported to be a malware attachment made by pranksters, creating a buzz online that made several users share it. It came out in various versions and claimed it was an infected attachment. Once opened with WhatsApp or BlackBerry Messenger, it would lead to a total loss of data.
According to Snopes, the message that came out about ”Dance of the Pope” states:
URGENT: Tell all contacts from your list not to accept a video called the dance of the Pope. It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on the radio. Pass on to as many as you can. It was announced on the radio in USA.
Again, upon investigation, it was found that none of the radio stations have made such announcements, nor were there news outlets that reported such story. Even antivirus companies were totally aloof of such knowledge. The most surprising fact was that none experienced the virus on their device.
The same happened for “Dance of the Hillary” virus; no antivirus company nor news agency has heard of it. BBC made no such announcements on air.
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