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New dangerous virus, masking as letter from Paypal
Thread poster: Uldis Liepkalns

Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Jan 15, 2004

Dear all,
update your antivirus bases and take into account the following: Letter from the address "do_not_reply@paypal.com" and Subject "PAYPAL.COM NEW YEAR OFFER", as well as attachment "paypal.exe", is a virus, new version of the worm "Minimail"- "Mimail.P".
The most dangerous property of this worm is that it steals your PayPal and E-Gold information from your computer and sends it to a secret address of the worm’s author.

Uldis


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Daphne b  Identity Verified
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Thanks Jan 16, 2004

Thanks, Uldis,

Really useful.

Daphne


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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Thanks; but same old rules apply Jan 19, 2004

Uldis Liepkalns wrote:
Letter from the address "do_not_reply@paypal.com" and Subject "PAYPAL.COM NEW YEAR OFFER", as well as attachment "paypal.exe", is a virus...


Thanks for warning us, Uldis. However, this clearly shows that the old rule "never open an unexpected attachment" still applies. If a large company wants a small client to install an update to their software, they should provide a hyperlink to a reasonably secure or recognisable web site or FTP site.

[Edited at 2004-01-19 06:48]


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Uldis Liepkalns  Identity Verified
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Attachment may be masked as a link, Jan 19, 2004

this one is. The infected letter doesn’t contain the virus itself, but when clicking on the "link", you start an engine, that downloads the said virus from the Web.
Of course, as a general rule do not click on attachments, but I posted this particular warning, as many people here use PayPal.

BTW, nowadays viruses doesn’t arrive as "virus.exe", no one would open them it were so, many of them have double extensions, e.g., "Britney Spears.jpg.exe", and Windows usual settings
doesn’t show extensions of a known file types, so you'll see only "Britney Spears.jpg"...

U.

Samuel Murray-Smit wrote:

Uldis Liepkalns wrote:
Letter from the address "do_not_reply@paypal.com" and Subject "PAYPAL.COM NEW YEAR OFFER", as well as attachment "paypal.exe", is a virus...


Thanks for warning us, Uldis. However, this clearly shows that the old rule "never open an unexpected attachment" still applies. If a large company wants a small client to install an update to their software, they should provide a hyperlink to a reasonably secure or recognisable web site or FTP site.

[Edited at 2004-01-19 06:48]




[Edited at 2004-01-19 12:29]


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