July 09, 2007
Spamming Malware, Part II

Several of you may have received email that looked something like this:

Dear Customer,

Our robot has detected an abnormal activity from your IP adress
on sending e-mails. Probably it is connected with the last epidemic
of a worm which does not have official patches at the moment.

We recommend you to install this patch to remove worm files
and stop email sending, otherwise your account will be blocked.

Administrator

...with a link in the body of the message to a purported security 'patch'.

DO NOT click on this link.

Like the 'Someone sent you an e-card' emails many of you may have received in the last week or two, this is an attempt to get you to install malicious software on your computer.

Link to previous entry on this subject: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/technews/archives/002235.html

Remember, if it's not from us (Extension Information Technology) or ISU ITS (Information Technology Services), it's extremely likely that it's not legitimate. Anytime you're not sure if a message is legitimate or not (even if it looks like it's from EIT or ITS, contact us at eit@iastate.edu or the Computer Support Hotline (515-294-1725). We're always ready to check it out for you.

Posted by dcoates at July 09, 2007 08:59 AM
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