Where to report bogus MS Security Email (with virus)

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by Kip Kniskern, Sep 3, 2003.

  1. Kip Kniskern

    Kip Kniskern Guest

    I just received 2 emails in my hotmail account, both
    purporting to be from Microsoft, both bogus. Here's the
    text from one:

    Microsoft Partner

    this is the latest version of security update, the
    "September 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates
    all known security vulnerabilities affecting Internet
    Outlook and Outlook Express as well as five newly
    discovered vulnerabilities. Install now to protect your
    from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which
    could allow
    an attacker to run executable on your system. This update
    the functionality of all previously released patches.

    System requirements Win 9x/Me/2000/NT/XP
    This update applies to Microsoft Internet Explorer,
    version 4.01 and later
    Microsoft Outlook, version 8.00 and later
    Microsoft Outlook Express, version 4.01 and later
    Recommendation Customers should install the patch at the
    earliest opportunity.
    How to install Run attached file. Click Yes on displayed
    dialog box.
    How to use You don't need to do anything after installing
    this item.

    Microsoft Product Support Services and Knowledge Base
    can be found on the Microsoft Technical Support web site.
    For security-related information about Microsoft
    products, please
    visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site, or Contact

    Please do not reply to this message. It was sent from an
    e-mail address and we are unable to respond to any

    Thank you for using Microsoft products.

    With friendly greetings,
    MS Technical Support

    ©2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. The
    names of the actual companies
    and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of
    their respective owners.


    In html, this looks exactly like it came from MS. It
    contains the "w32.Gibe.B@mm" virus. Should I report this

    Kip Kniskern, Sep 3, 2003
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  2. Kip Kniskern

    rob Guest

    Thanks for the report but you're not the only one who got
    the email... about a billion of us did. MS already
    rob, Sep 3, 2003
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  3. Kip Kniskern

    Kip Kniskern Guest

    Thanks for the reply. I usually see something on the net
    about stuff like this, and I guess I missed it with all
    the excitement about MS Blast. Anyway it sure looks to
    be fraud as well as virus.

    Kip Kniskern, Sep 3, 2003
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