September 19th, 2003, 06:54 AM
Beware fake Microsoft "security" spam
Microsoft never sends you emails with patch fixes embedded in them – and you only get security alert notices if you've opted in.
So beware a particularly pernicious message that's doing the rounds. This one, claiming to come from "Microsoft Corporation Public Support" looks highly convincing, as you can see from the screenshot below, comes with an attachment called Q934821.exe which you shouldn't click under any circumstances.
In fact, and if you're concerned about holes and other Microsoft security information, you should go to this page.
Here's what the fake Microsoft email looks like, with the fake subject line "New Network Patch". The same rubbish is masquerading under different email headers, such as "Use this patch immediately", and "Newest Internet Critical Pack". It's an attack.
This also, of course, uses Microsoft logos, so the software firm can take action against the spammers. Our Web Mail Tracker will trace back the emails to their source. µ
View the Fake Security Warning
September 19th, 2003, 16:07 PM
September 19th, 2003, 16:10 PM
got this yesterday...has a nice little attachment named install.exe. Like I'm gonna click on that.
September 19th, 2003, 16:48 PM
But did your coverage have a great screenie like the one above?
THE FAKE EMAIL SCREENIE