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Old 06-24-2009, 09:18   #1
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New Outlook/Express Update is a Virus

Received an update for MS Outlook and Outlook Express today and after checking, found it's a virus. It looks like it was sent from Microsoft but knowing they haven't updated either of these programs for a long time set off my BS meter.

Fake Microsoft Outlook update contains virus for ID theft

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Spam email purporting to be a "critical update" for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express contains a link to download a malicious program that can steal personal information from a user's computer, including login credentials and credit card information, Trend Micro reported Monday.

The spammers use legitimate links to Microsoft sites in the email body to make the email appear genuine, but a link appearing to direct users to a Microsoft site for the "update" actually downloads a Trojan horse called ZBot.

ZBot accesses a website to download information directing the virus to monitor certain websites and where to send stolen data, the security firm's blog said.

Web security researchers discovered that the Trojan monitors websites of banking institutions and social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace. If a user accesses any of these website, the Trojan logs keystrokes to steal the user's passwords and other sensitive information such as credit card numbers.

Recently, phishing emails have been circulating that appear to come from Microsoft and ask recipients to reconfigure their Outlook account by clicking on a link to a website where users are asked to fill in their account information, including their mail server address.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:02   #2
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You would never get a notice via email that a Microsoft update was available.

http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:40   #3
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You would never get a notice via email that a Microsoft update was available.
+1 ... there are a few software companies that are willing to notify users about updates but M$ isn't one of them.
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Old 06-24-2009, 10:45   #4
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I set the MS auto updater for auto download but for manual installs.

An aside: I examine the list and rejected IE8, many folks I know have had there PCs crash under Vista and IE8.
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Old 06-24-2009, 17:30   #5
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One of my mail accounts got two of those a day for three days, so I created a filter and now they have been going in the trash on arrival.

Not only does MS not send out update notices, clue #2 was the email link they provided. Hovering over the 'update.microsoft.com' link would show in the status bar that you were actually going to 'update.microsoft.com.il1if1.com.mx'

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Domain Name: il1if1.com.mx (Mexico)

Created On: 08-jun-2009
Expiration Date: 07-jun-2010
Last Updated On: 15-jun-2009
Registrar: InterPlanet, S.A. de C.V.
URL: http://www.suempresa.com

Registered to;
Name: Dorothy Sterrett
City: St. Charles
State: Montana
Country: Estados Unidos

Checking the email header shows the return path;
'pulverizingvp at sherritt-intl.com'

Sender - 'torssp003.sherritt-intl.com' (201.34.228.246, a Brasil Telecom address)
to - 'gnace703.dsl.brasiltelecom.net.br' (at the same 201.34.228.246 address)
and from there came to me.

Thunderbird had already labeled it as a possible email scam as well.
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Old 06-24-2009, 18:26   #6
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One of my mail accounts got two of those a day for three days, so I created a filter and now they have been going in the trash on arrival.
I have setup filters on all of my e-mail accounts (excluding my business account) that deletes everything received from senders not listed in my address book.
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thanks for the info
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WTF? You guys still using XP or something. I done forgot what XP looks like! Is that the Windows version that has the word 'Start' for the start menu? Get with it man, Windows 7 RC1 has been out for a month now! Meaning Vista is already showing it's age!
When Windows 7 is released, support for XP's days are numbered - so plan ahead...
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...When Windows 7 is released, support for XP's days are numbered - so plan ahead...
Microsloth scheduled XP's sunset some time ago. It had nothing to do with the release of Win7.
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Old 06-25-2009, 06:28   #10
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I set the MS auto updater for auto download but for manual installs.
There are reports of M$ forcing updates on users that had auto updates turned OFF in the past and more recently both Windows XP and Vista have been downloading updates EVEN if a user has Automatic Updates configured to "download updates but don't install them" or "notify me but don't install them."



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An aside: I examine the list and rejected IE8, many folks I know have had there PCs crash under Vista and IE8.
Toolkit to disable automatic delivery of Internet Explorer 8 provided by M$ ...

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en




Also from M$ a toolkit to block the automatic delivery of service pack 3 ...

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en


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WTF? You guys still using XP or something. I done forgot what XP looks like! Is that the Windows version that has the word 'Start' for the start menu? Get with it man, Windows 7 RC1 has been out for a month now! Meaning Vista is already showing it's age!
When Windows 7 is released, support for XP's days are numbered - so plan ahead...
Oh, you're talking about Windows XP, the most stable Windows platform of the last decade? Yeah, me and MILLIONS of people still use it and never "upgraded" to Vista.
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Old 06-25-2009, 21:19   #14
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Having experienced both, Vista is superior in every way.
Now I completely understand that hardware can dictate the OS. Heck I tried Server 2K8 on a few of my servers, and they where completely unusable so there back to running 2K3 till they die.
Windows 7 is what Vista should of been so if your running XP, your experience with upgrading to Windows 7 in the future should put a smile on you face.

Macs suck in every way!!! I'm sure we agree on that
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:43   #15
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I have setup filters on all of my e-mail accounts (excluding my business account) that deletes everything received from senders not listed in my address book.
+5

I do exactly the same thing, except my cable provider allows online viewing of email, and they scan all mail 3 times before their members ever see it.

I too created an online filter that directs all incoming mail to the trash bin except for those on my accepted senders list.

When I give out my email addy to someone, I make sure I add their addy to my accepted list. I still have all pictures, links, activex, and html inside email removed. All I get is plain text, unless I choose to accept additional info.
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