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Old 10-05-2003, 11:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Location: cali
Scandalous e-mail?

i just got this e-mail. it states it's from microsoft, and has the attachment for an upgrade on it.

reasons why i think it's fishy:

1) microsoft never ever sends out the updates as attachments to e-mail addresses

2) the from address is from some domain @updates.com.

3) they refer to you as 'Dear MS User'

it sounds like a way to infect your computer and i hate to see how many people actually run the .exe file.

what do you guys think? beware or not?

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From: "Microsoft Program Security Division" <efqknq-rzyo@updates.com> | This is spam | Add to Address Book
To: "User" <txuialw.jerphftvud@updates.com>
Subject: Newest Net Critical Upgrade
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2003 21:13:55 +0100




Microsoft All Products | Support | Search | Microsoft.com Guide
Microsoft Home


MS User

this is the latest version of security update, the "October 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which fixes all known security vulnerabilities affecting MS Internet Explorer, MS Outlook and MS Outlook Express as well as three newly discovered vulnerabilities. Install now to maintain the security of your computer from these vulnerabilities. This update includes the functionality of all previously released patches.


System requirements Windows 95/98/Me/2000/NT/XP
This update applies to MS Internet Explorer, version 4.01 and later
MS Outlook, version 8.00 and later
MS Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later
Recommendation Customers should install the patch at the earliest opportunity.
How to install Run attached file. Choose Yes on displayed dialog box.
How to use You don't need to do anything after installing this item.

Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base articles can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site. For security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site, or Contact Us.

Thank you for using Microsoft products.

Please do not reply to this message. It was sent from an unmonitored e-mail address and we are unable to respond to any replies.

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Old 10-05-2003, 11:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's a scam.

Like you said, MS doesn't send updates via e-mail. period.

(and there are many other things wrong about this)
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Old 10-05-2003, 11:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's the Swen virus. Don't open the attachment.

Official-looking though, innit?
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Old 10-06-2003, 12:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i ain't gonna open it, i've never had the urge to open attachments unless i was expecting one from someone i know. this was just reeking of scam. hope none of us here fall for it.
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Delete delete delete. Set up your windows to automatically get patches
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Old 10-06-2003, 05:04 AM   #6 (permalink)
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That's amazingly devious and shifty.

I wonder what the creator thinks he/she is going to gain from doing this.
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Check yourself and do a scan. My anti-virus caught Swen even though I didn't open the attachment.

Damn script kiddies!!
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Old 10-06-2003, 07:30 AM   #8 (permalink)
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http://www.tfproject.org/tfp/showthr...threadid=27941

i accidentally cleared out my ftp, so the pic is gone.
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Old 10-06-2003, 09:12 AM   #9 (permalink)
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There were a couple of updates sent out this past week from MS but like everyone said, they don't come in e-mails. I have gotten e-mails from Norton telling me about system update, but they just said to go to MS update to get them,
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Old 10-07-2003, 10:43 AM   #10 (permalink)
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gotta set that Norton to auto scan incoming e-mail and dont ever (you had the right idea) take any updates from an e-mail.
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