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Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Jun 15, 2004

Apparently the following e-mail is currently sent out to many people:

Sender: support@symantec.com
Subject: Re: Submit a Virus Sample

The sample file you sent contains a new virus version of buppa.k.
Please update your virus scanner with the attached dat file.

Best Regards,
Keria Reynolds

+++ Attachment: No Virus found
+++ MessageLabs AntiVirus - www.messagelabs.com


As one unlucky person found out (duh!) clicking on the provided link will infect your computer with a variant of the Netsky virus.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from my "ISP" informing me that my e-mail inbox capacity (according to the message: 16 MB although I have 25 MB with lots of it still unused) had been exceeded, incoming e-mail was being blocked, and if I wanted I could increase my capacity by clicking on the provided link...

Ironically, today, my real ISP increased my mailbox size to 2 GB!

But as a warning: Never click on any links provided by e-mails, even if they look the real thing! Addresses, logos, graphics etc. are easily available to make it appear real.

Better be safe than sorry!


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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Yahoo too? Jun 15, 2004

I had one today apparently from Yahoo, offering to increase mailbox capacity from 10 MB to 100 MB. I simply deleted it at the time as I hardly ever use Yahoo and wasn't interested. I was not particularly suspicious of it, but having read your posting, I now am. Having deleted it, I cannot give any more details than that.

[Edited at 2004-06-15 21:28]


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Sherey Gould  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:39
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The Yahoo email is legit Jun 15, 2004

The Yahoo email is legit - see previous topic from earlier this morning (http://www.proz.com/topic/22025) - except you don't have to "do" anything; they've already done it all automatically for you (if one has a paying or even non-paying Yahoo account).
It's legit... and it's great (in my opinion... and so far!)


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Heike Behl, Ph.D.  Identity Verified
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Not all Yahoo e-mail is legit... Jun 15, 2004

The e-mail I received first didn't have a subject. Normally, when SBC Yahoo informs me that I exceeded my limit, it says so in the subject. The information about my max. capacity and actual usage was completely off. Plus, I was way under my limit!
Since I didn't click on the link, I have no proof that this was not kosher, but everything points to it.

The second e-mail from SBC Yahoo was legit, informing me about the upgrade. This is the one referred to in the other topic you mention. I didn't have to click on anything, they just did it. That's probably the type of e-mail you received, Jack.


[Edited at 2004-06-15 21:58]


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Graciela Carlyle  Identity Verified
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not only symantec Jun 15, 2004

Heike Behl, Ph.D. wrote:
Sender: support@symantec.com
Subject: Re: Submit a Virus Sample


I also received these kind of emails from (supposedly) different antivirus companies (McAfee, TrendMicro, etc).
I don't open A N Y T H I N G. But anyway, my Mailwasher and PC Cillin stopped them all before I had the chance.

Keep your eyes open and your anti-vir updated
Cheers,
Grace.


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Charlotte Blank  Identity Verified
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... and not only new viruses Jun 17, 2004

Just now I got a mail to my German mailbox with the headline "Important" from a somebody I know so I opened it and found about the same text as you had:

"Please read the attached file!

+++ Attachment: No Virus found
+++ Kaspersky AntiVirus - www.kaspersky.com"

As the whole thing looked rather fishy and there was an "application.exe" of about 40 KB attached to it I forwarded it to my Czech address where they are more user-friendly and delete viruses before they reach the recipient and there it turned out to have been infected by Win32/Netsky.Q worm.
So even with known senders you have to be very careful!

Charlotte


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