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Wet Chicken

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Please remember that MicroSoft NEVER sends patches via e-mail. Do not fall for this old trick. Please update your virus definitions!

Details about the new virus are listed below:


SAN FRANCISCO, California (Reuters) -- Anti-virus companies warned on Thursday of a new computer worm circulating through e-mail that purports to be security software from Microsoft Corp. but actually tries to disable security programs that are already running.

The worm, dubbed "Swen" or "Gibe," takes advantage of a two-year-old hole in Internet Explorer and affects systems that have not installed a patch for that security hole, according to Internet security company Network Associates Inc..

The malicious program arrives as an attachment to an e-mail pretending to contain a patch for holes in Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express and then mails itself off to addresses located on the victim's computer.


Relay chat also vulnerable. The worm also can spread over Internet relay chat and the Kazaa peer-to-peer network, as well as copy itself over shared networks, Network Associates said.

When it infects a computer it alerts a Web site that appears to be counting the infections, according to Symantec Corp., another Internet security outfit. The number of the counter was near 760,000 by Thursday afternoon.

Microsoft has cautioned customers in the past against e-mail software updates, saying it does not distribute patches that way but rather directs them to its Web site.
 
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Received that "M$ Security update" e-mail last week. Just deleted it with MailWasher. :D :cool:
 
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Wet Chicken:

Thanks for the information, I'll have all my guards up to stop this pest..... :cool:
 
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I believe there is a couple of these floating around.

The attachments that i've seen being sent by email contain:

patch.exe

&

update.exe or updater.exe ( i forgot which it is )
 
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I just got one that said something about net security notice.
This past week I've gotten three different one's but just delete them, heck I delete a lot of e-mail I get from friends. Those damn jokes can get long.
 

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Originally posted by brindle:
I just got one that said something about net security notice.
Yes they (the bad guys) try to use this trick, and quite a lot of times people fall for it thinking that Microsoft would send patches via e-mail, but Microsoft never has, and never will do this. They simply send you the links for the patches. All of my e-mail is scanned twice before it ever reaches me, and still once one virus got through and tried to infect my computer, but it couldn't get past the best anti-virus "software" there is... a little bit of common sense :p

I NEVER open up ANY attachments until I confirm with the sender that they sent me something. No attachment is so important that it can't wait a day to be opened up :D
 
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