Latest variety is running wild. About 200/day here since Thursday, half
from "Microsoft" with the "latest patch" as an attachment (keep in mind that
MS NEVER EVER communicates patches in this manner, only through automatic
update if you turn it on). The other half are "bounce" messages that I
understand are created at the same time as the first half and have a nasty
"hidden" payload (no little paperclip symbol on these). Advice is to delete
all without opening and empty your deleted items folder, then just ride it
out. It isn't Spam so no sense in reporting as such although I'm guessing
the Spam community has somehow infected itself, hence the E-mails coming
from all over the globe from people you have never heard of.
With luck the authorities will catch a few more of these people of
questionable parentage and then perhaps we'll get a few more push-stick
...should add that it isn't unique to this NG. It does have a feature that
tries to breed in that manner but that seems to be the last resort. From
what I read, you will know it if you get it (install messages and the like)
so the mass attack on your in-box has nothing to do with your computer.
Yes, they do. I've experimented with new e-mail addresses when I
post to newsgroups. It takes about 72 hours to start getting spam
on a new address. If you don't want spam, NEVER use your REAL address
(unadorned) in your postings. There are plenty of ways to obfuscate
your e-mail address that break robots but is easy for humans to handle.
as an alternative (not necessarily safe) to anti virus software, if you use
Outlook you can stop it from downloading the entire msg by:
Go to Tools menu... Options item... Mail Setup tab... Send/Receive...
Edit... check "Download item description only".
My ISP claims it will stop soon as people start putting the MS patch on.
What I don't get is:
1) How so many people could be dumb enough to open obviously bogus
attachments. My virus software didn't catch them at first, but they are so
2) Why my ISP can't filter them out, when my spam filter has no problem.
1.a. How could anyone be dumb enough to write an email client that by
default, executes inline executable commands in the body of the email?
1.b. How could anyone be dumb enough to write an email client that by
default, automatically executes executable attachemnts?
1.c. How could anyone be dumb enough to write an email client that by
default, writes executable commands into the body of the email?
Well then maybe I'm crazy or maybe I'm just plain mean. I report all
the spam I receive. Most of the complaints are no doubt ignored since
most spam these days comes from 'bullet proof' hosts that offer special
'pink contracts' to spammers. But here and there one gets whacked.
About once every 2,000 complaints I get a nice email from a sysadmin
telling me they've terminated the spammer.
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