a nasty one

  Kate B 11:19 21 May 2004

just had this alarmingly convincing-looking email delivered to my quarantined area by our fortunately well-managed corporate virus detector:

From: [email protected]
To: (my email address)
Subject: Re: Submit a Virus Sample

The sample file you sent contains a new virus version of mydoom.j.
Please clean your system with the attached signature.

Robert Ferrew

those script kiddies are little horrors.

  Smegs 11:30 21 May 2004

Kate B, are you telling us, this email has a VIRUS? Did you send a virus to Symantec and they have replied? Haven't quite got what you are telling us, sorry. If it was a virus, have you sent it to Symantec?

  Graham ® 11:39 21 May 2004

It's one of those spoof messages to trick you into opening an attachment.

  Kate B 11:51 21 May 2004

Graham's right, it was a spoof one - a particularly nasty one that I suspect will catch people out.

  end 12:20 21 May 2004

but surely you would KNOW that you HAD sent a messsage TO the company??? or does Norton "do it automatically".....

  Kate B 12:31 21 May 2004

end, you're missing the point - I hadn't sent a message to Symantec, this, I think, is a spoof email from someone completely different. Sorry if I didn't make that clear. I hadn't emailed Symantec - I don't waste my time doing pointless things!

  Belatucadrus 12:32 21 May 2004

I just received one supposedly from BTConnect.com confirming that my password change had been successful, It came loaded with genuine links to BTConnect and a message claiming that it was certified virus free by Lineone. Only it wasn't addressed to me, I don't use BTconnect and Tiscali haven't yet got AV on the standard mail package. Avast confirmed the attachement was virus laden and then I deleted it.
Moral; never trust messages in e-mails saying they are safe. Even if generated by a genuine AV package, check the signature dates, anything over a week old is pretty irrelevant.

  Smegs 12:41 21 May 2004

Graham ®, Kate B Thankyou.

  end 16:21 21 May 2004

I think my "point" IS that you would know if you HAD sent an email to ANYONE; therfore would hopefully know when "spoof" ones arrive.....( I hope!!) ( one can never be "too careful, can one???!!)

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