Bogus UPS spam wrecks Windows XP

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http://news.techworld.com/security/3220061/bogus-ups-spam-wrecks-windows-xp/?getDynamicPage

The attack will undoubtedly have a number of different payloads, but the one that caught Webroot researcher's attention appears to push fake antivirus software, XP defender, which pesters the user with warnings of non-existent malware in the hope that they will pay for a useless license.

As well as interfering with Internet Explorer and Firefox, it resists manual removal with a simple batch file that is executed if it boots with certain files missing. At that point it deletes the Windows NT bootloader component of Windows XP, as well as the entire Windows directory for good measure, rendering the PC useless without a complete re-image.
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Would you have opened the UPS trojan if you had not been warned?

I've gotten two of these emails to date and they were pretty amateurish. They talk about a package delivery from three months ago. It's all text with no JPG or GIF logos to fool the naive. And it's a zip file attachment. I was disappointed in my free AVAST though. It won't look inside a zip attachment.

Anyway, USPS, UPS and FEDEX all leave cards in the door when they cannot deliver.
 

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No, I posted it for informational purposes, in case someone posts that their windows directory has disappeared and the system will not boot, we might know whats up.

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Would you have opened the UPS trojan if you had not been warned?

I've gotten two of these emails to date and they were pretty amateurish. They talk about a package delivery from three months ago. It's all text with no JPG or GIF logos to fool the naive. And it's a zip file attachment. I was disappointed in my free AVAST though. It won't look inside a zip attachment.

Anyway, USPS, UPS and FEDEX all leave cards in the door when they cannot deliver.
Dear antimoth,
When my uncle sat by my side to teach me the rudiments of "computering", one of the things he told me was (actually made me write it) ,I WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS, I WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS, I WILL NOT OPEN ATTACHMENTS(12 TIMES IMPOSITION)! I request my small band of friends, not to send me any attachments, but try to post what they want to convey as a direct e-mail!For example,the mobile phone bill is sent to me as an attachment and i never open it! Instead i ring up their office, give my name and cell number and in a jiffy, i know how much dough i have to cough out! Previously when the web was a "bit more secure and safe", whenever i ordered any shareware, the details (of the bill,etc) used to be upfront and not as an attachment .

If you have read my new post about Java in Ostrich mode, that's a "browser hijack". I have made it a policy, to right click any site and link with WOT and LinkExtend to ascertain the worth of the site! Since WOT(Web Of Trust) is a totally user based review site, i sincerely request (beg!!) you to become members of www.mywot.com and register yourselves as members and kindly contribute to the ratings, as the value of your rating makes a "HUGE DIFFERENCE"! Thank you!(y):)
 

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I WILL open attachments.

Here is my protocol - and I never deviate from it.

You send me an email with an attachment. I send you an email saying: "did you send me an email with an attachment?"

If you respond "yes, I sent it. It is a movie of my kid's birthday party..." then I will go ahead and open the attachment.

If you respond "no", or you don't respond, then I just delete the attachment.

I won't open any attachments from sources I don't recognized - including UPS, FedEx, Carrier, or any government on the planet.

The one exception I make to this is incoming faxes that I receive through the service that I use for faxing. They send emails with attached PDFs. I will open those PDFs, but I never permit a PDF reader to run any scripts.
 
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common sense folks can go a loooong way when it comes to computing & attachments.
 

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common sense folks can go a loooong way when it comes to computing & attachments.
Dear wtxcowboy,
True! That's the best security one can employ! :)

PS : But as the saying goes"THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS". How many of us right-click on a link and check with WOT and/or LinkExtend ?:rolleyes:
 
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I was disappointed in my free AVAST though. It won't look inside a zip attachment.
I kept getting these irritating fake UPS emails with the virus inside the zip . Finally, with today's version of Avast, the little lady inside the PC proudly announced it had deleted the zips. Took her long enough.
 

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Dear antimoth,
We were all going Ga-Ga over Avira Antivir(free version), whereas Avast slowly but surely proved it's worth.As I have already mentioned, in the last AV-Comparatives study, only Avast (free) was accepted for testing and in some areas scored more ratings than ESET and KIS! If i were given a choice, right now whether to buy a security suite or save on Avast+a good free firewall, i will be stumped for choice ,as i see the major difference(i know there are divergent opinions) is "PROACTIVE" MODE which is not there in Avast! AVG, Comodo internet security suite and AVIRA(free) were not even considered for the tests! So, i must congratulate you, mainly for keeping faith in this excellent free offering!
 
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