In pictures: Top 12 tech hoaxes of all time

Social media pranks and viral videos have nothing on these truly historical technical hoaxes

The "Good Times" virus A computer virus hoax that went viral itself, the "Good Times" crisis of 1994 started simply enough. Online warnings began to circulate on AOL about a devastating computer virus spread by email -- specifically, emails with the subject header "GOOD TIMES!" Open the email, and the virus would send itself to everyone in your address book right before wiping your own hard drive. There was no such virus, it turns out, but the warnings themselves went viral, triggering a cascade of copycat warnings plus a wave of actual "GOOD TIMES!" emails -- real emails pretending to be the original nonexistent email. The Internet went down the rabbit hole and arguably never came back up.

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