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Old Jul 26th, 2004, 11:06 AM   #1
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Well, I'm sitting around at work this morning when I decide to use the web based services to check my .Mac account email. i received a new email from '[email protected]' regarding my .Mac account. here are the contents:

"Dear user of,

Your account has been used to send a huge amount of junk email during this week.
Probably, your computer had been compromised and now contains a hidden proxy server.

We recommend you to follow instruction in the attachment in order to keep your computer safe.

Best wishes,
The team."

Well, the first problem is why would the team use a Canadian email address. secondly, the email contained an attachment entitled Needless to say, i deleted the email prior to it having a chance to download to my mail client at home. Any other users of .Mac get this email at all?
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Old Jul 26th, 2004, 12:22 PM   #2
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This is a phish email. Completely bogus. They are getting better at looking legitimate but there are giveaways, one of which is the template form which includes the name of the ISP (in this case - from the team). I've received three of these this morning, all pertaining to be from my work IT department. They are eminating from a server in Holland.

Flush it.
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Old Jul 26th, 2004, 12:59 PM   #3
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Definitey phishing.

Some people at the university where I work have been receiving the same message but tailored to suit this environment.

Sorry thing is, someone somewhere will fall for it and end up with a problem on their hands.
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Old Jul 27th, 2004, 01:48 AM   #4
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Actually it's not phishing. Originally anyway.

What it is, is a trojan horse, I suspect one of the MyDoom, Bagle, or Netsky varieties, but once the trojan horse is installed on a Windows based computer, it then becomes a zombie machine.

With the trojan horse installed, anything could theoretically happen, as the author deems what he wishes to do with his army of zombie machines.

IIRC, Netsky had a few varieties that utilized this tactic, though they were often spoofed as being from administrator, management and a few others at the domain it was sent to.

Annoying at best, these things make a lot of people's lives horrible.
I still remember Macnutt.
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