UGN Security Forums
My ProfileMember DirectoryLogin
Search our ForumsView our FAQView our Site Rules
View our CalendarView our Active TopicsGo to our Main Page

UGN Security Store

Network Sites UGN Security, The GoNix Initiative, Elite Web Gamers, Back of the Web, EveryDay Helper, VNC Web Design & Development
Sponsored Links
Latest Postings
by Gremelin
Yesterday at 06:01 PM
Latest Reviews
Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#34835 - 05/21/05 07:19 AM Hackers Circulate Fake Microsoft Security Update
Digital Geek Offline
UGN Super Poster

Registered: 09/18/02
Posts: 553
Loc: Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Hoping once again to fool security-minded users, malicious hackers have released a fake Microsoft Latest News about Microsoft security Latest News about Security update, claiming that it is an update to Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Outlook.

The release of such e-mails has become common after a Microsoft security patch update, to the point that bogus updates sometimes appear only hours after the official patches are released.

The latest version is titled the "May 2005 Cumulative Patch" and claims to resolve all known security vulnerabilities with IE, Outlook and Outlook Express. The e-mail mimics Microsoft language and official communication in an attempt to look legitimate.

Microsoft did release a patch in May, but not for IE or its e-mail clients. Users who attempt to download the fraudulent update are infected with the Pinfi virus.

Using Microsoft to trick users into downloading Trojan horses and viruses has become a very standard tactic, said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security firm Sophos Latest News about Sophos.

"Attackers want to get the maximum number of users to download their virus," he said. "Since Microsoft updates are relevant to so many people, they see it as an easy way to fool users into downloading what they shouldn't."

Other companies, such as banks and financial institutions, also are used to lure unsuspecting users, but widespread user education has made many wary of such e-mails.

Now, it appears, attackers are turning to security firms, hiding viruses in messages that seem to be from Symantec Latest News about Symantec or Microsoft's security team.

Stronger Effort

Simply because malicious hackers have made it business-as-usual to target Microsoft does not mean the Redmond behemoth is taking the situation lightly.

The company has pointed users toward a section on its Web site titled "How to Tell If a Microsoft Security-Related Message is Genuine."

On the site, Microsoft notes that there are ways to spot imposters, emphasizing that legitimate Microsoft e-mails contain no attachments. They also reference security information that already is on the Microsoft Web site and have hyperlinks that begin with

Microsoft's site also gives an example of a fake bulletin from 2003, noting that its professional appearance and sincere, helpful tone tricks many users into infecting their systems.


Sponsored Links
#34836 - 05/21/05 08:52 PM Re: Hackers Circulate Fake Microsoft Security Update
Gremelin Offline

Community Owner

Registered: 02/28/02
Posts: 7194
Loc: Portland, OR; USA
Donate to UGN Security here.
UGN Security, Back of the Web, Elite Web Gamers & VNC Web Design Owner

#34837 - 05/21/05 09:37 PM Re: Hackers Circulate Fake Microsoft Security Update
KillHour Offline

Registered: 04/15/05
Posts: 247
Loc: Tonawanda, NY
hehe, very funny...
"We can categorically state that we have not released man-eating badgers into the area."

-UK military spokesman Major Mike Shearer


Featured Member
Registered: 09/07/15
Posts: 1
Forum Stats
2158 Members
46 Forums
41537 Topics
76712 Posts

Max Online: 1567 @ 04/25/10 02:20 AM
Top Posters
UGN Security 34699
Gremelin 7194
§intå× 3255
SilentRage 1273
Ice 1146
pergesu 1136
Infinite 1041
jonconley 955
Girlie 908
unreal 860
Newest Members
Jan Havelles, Herbert_Sherbert, codemauve, Lillysdragon1984, Brewwit
2158 Registered Users
Who's Online
0 registered (), 267 Guests and 401 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Latest News

  Get Firefox!
Get FireFox!