Thursday, August 7, 2008

Beware of fake email from Microsoft!

This is a mail I received in my spambox today:

Sender: admin @ microsoft. com
Subject: Internet Explorer 7

Download the latest version!
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This mail pretends to come from Microsoft, but it's not. There are many different links being used for the download.
If you click the link and install the file, then it downloads/installs the rogue security software Antivirus XP 2008 and its related files. See here for an older threatexpert report of what it may install.
It's detected as Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Small.aafh (Kaspersky Lab), Trojan.Dropper (Symantec), TROJ_RENOS.ADX (Trend Micro), Troj/FakeAle-EF (Sophos), TrojanDownloader:Win32/Renos.DI (Microsoft).

So beware if you receive similar mails and do not click the link in the mail.

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