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    Exclamation Heads Up**W32.Gruel@mm

    Hi Guy's,

    This one is a classic example of the use of Social enginering..
    And catch the size of this sucker..

    Details from Symantec

    Wild: Low
    Damage: High
    Distribution: High

    This means this sucker when executed can fu><or your Windbloze 9x/xp box

    W32.Gruel@mm is a worm that spreads by email and file-sharing networks. Its payload includes changing user passwords, hiding drive C, and making numerous changes to the system registry.

    The email has the following characteristics:
    Subject: Microsoft Windows Critical Update.
    Attachment: Windows Critical Update 088562.exe




    Type: Worm
    Infection Length: 102,400 bytes
    Systems Affected: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me
    Systems Not Affected: Windows 3.x, Microsoft IIS, Macintosh, OS/2, UNIX, Linux
    Catch the social enginering
    Attempts to mail itself to all the addresses in the Microsoft Outlook Address book.
    The email is formatted as follows:

    Subject: Microsoft Windows Critical Update.

    Message body:
    Critical Update: The Microsoft Windows updates found on this patch include fixes to following Windows operating systems: Any update that is critical to the operation of your computer is considered a Critical Update, and is automatically selected for installation during the scan for available updates. This patch is provided to help resolve known issues, and to protect your computer from known security vulnerabilities and all kinds of viruses. Whether a patch applies to your operating system, software programs, or hardware, it is listed in the Critical Updates category, like this patch attached. For Support please contact us at support@microsoft.com.

    Attachment: Windows Critical Update 088562.exe

    Cheers
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

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    Thanks a lot for the info there Und3ertak3r, I'll have to be sure to get that critical update...You think this one has the potential to spread around quickly? Just curious of course...Thanks again.
    Carrie: Someone\'s definition of what constitutes cheating is in direct proportion to how much they themselves want to cheat.
    Miranda: That\'s moral relativism!
    Carrie: I prefer to think of it as quantum cheating.

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    I'll have to be sure to get that critical update...You think this one has the potential to spread around quickly?
    bewarned:
    1/ Microsoft DON'T Email Updates...
    2/ Never execute/open any attachments on email's that claim to be updates for microsoft products.
    3/ only download new M$ updates from microsoft..(check if they are applicable Before doing so)
    4/ number one is always true..

    The spread on this one will only be great once the momentum is gathered by ppl executing the attachment.. and if the virii writer (god forbid) improves the code..

    ..

    I wasn't sure of the seriousness of your reply..


    Cheers
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

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    Hey, thanks for the info....yeah, I was aware that Microsoft never sends anything for updates through email...I've actually had few problems with viruses only because I don't open anything that doesn't look familiar...plus having Norton 2003 scanning all my incoming mail helps too. Thanks again for letting me know of it though.
    Carrie: Someone\'s definition of what constitutes cheating is in direct proportion to how much they themselves want to cheat.
    Miranda: That\'s moral relativism!
    Carrie: I prefer to think of it as quantum cheating.

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    Note another thread on the same virus in the Microsoft Security Threads


    Cheers
    "Consumer technology now exceeds the average persons ability to comprehend how to use it..give up hope of them being able to understand how it works." - Me http://www.cybercrypt.co.nr

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