Virus Alert: Beware fake Microsoft patch emails

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Microsoft Security alerts are such a part of computing life that virus writers have now created spoof emails to trick users into activating a trojan horse program. John Stokdyk reports.

Symantec's security response blog recently reported on the appearance of fake Microsoft Security Bulletins that either carried the Trojan.Dropper virus as an attachment, or included infected links in the email.

The blog posting includes an example message purporting to be MS06-602, a cumulative security update for Internet Explorer. It's a plausible sounding message an an extremely clever piece of what security experts call "social engineering" to trick people into activating the malicious code - but no such bulletin exists.

"We urge users to refrain from opening files or clicking lin...

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