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August 11th, 2008

Fake IE 7 Update Spam Installs Malware

Another round of fake “authority” email has been launched, this time it is a bogus Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) update spam. Here is a current version of the email (it will probably change a bit soon):

From: [email protected]

Subject: Internet Explorer 7

Message: You are receiving this e-mail because you subscribed to MSN Featured Offers. Microsoft respects your privacy. If you do not wish to receive this MSN Featured Offers e-mail, please click the “Unsubscribe” link below. This will not unsubscribe you from e-mail communications from third-party advertisers that may appear in MSN Feature Offers. This shall not constitute an offer by MSN. MSN shall not be responsible or liable for the advertisers’ content nor any of the goods or service advertised. Prices and item availability subject to change without notice.

File name in attachment: update.exe

Obviously, Microsoft will not be responsible as its not an update and its not from them. The responsible one, as usual, is the user who clicks links in emails from unknown senders or without verifying the authenticity. If you run any anti-virus product, you are most likely protected, since according to VirusTotal, 33 out of 36 anti-virus vendors detect this malware.

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