E-mail about illegal Web pages - could it be a virus?
Thread poster: Bernadette Mora

Bernadette Mora  Identity Verified
Spain
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Oct 25, 2004

Hi everybody,

This morning I received an e-mail from abuse@gov.us telling me that I have been visiting recently illegal pages and they attached my a .zip folder called "details".
Do you think that's another way to introduce me more viruses?
I heve never visited any illegal page but the other day I got a very dangerous Trojan virus (some, to be more specific) that is stuck to my operating system. And at the same time I was sent some documents such as,
Britney Spears sexy, Eminent, Porno Teens, Harry Potter, Sex and more and more that my anti-virus system detected but that unfortunately it cannot clean...
Any similar experience like mine?
Thanks.
Bernadette

[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2004-10-25 08:34]


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avsie  Identity Verified
Local time: 02:29
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it is no doubt a virus... Oct 25, 2004

... simply delete the e-mail, and do not open the attachment.

If you receive an e-mail from someone you don't know and it has an attachment, this should always ring a bell in your mind: delete immediately, and don't bother


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
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Total scam. Don't open. Oct 25, 2004

No experience exactly like yours but please don't even think about opening the attachment. I periodically get emails saying "Is that you in the attached picture?" with a zip attachment called "Sex_with_barnyard_animals.zip" or "Incest_pics.zip" or similar. Clearly they just want you to be worried enough to open the file. If you need any more convincing, have a look at the email headers or check out here:
http://mailman.lug.org.uk/pipermail/wolves/2004-April/006862.html where it says

"If you get any mail from this faked domain just bin it it's
W32/Netsky.P at mm
...

Or here:
http://www.sandlund.net/voices/archive/2004_04.php
This morning I got a virus mail at work - the first I can remember receiving at that address. The apparent sender is "abuse@gov.us" and the subject is "Illegal Website" which makes one curious enough (though wary) to read the message:

You have visited illegal websites. I have a big list of the websites you surfed.

The attachment, of course, is not a list but a virus (removed, it must be said, in case you were getting worried here, by the virus scan). Although there are several obvious signs that people ought to pick up on (gov.us? two-line e-mail? wouldn't a four-page writ be more likely if it was a legit message?), this is definitely in the top-five wiley virus messages list.

Or simply do a google search for the sender's email address.

[Edited at 2004-10-25 08:52]


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