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Thursday, August 07, 2008

Beware CNN Top Ten and Fake IE7

Many times new security threats are blasted out so that almost everyone in the world receives them on the same day. Some of us on many spam lists will see multiple copies for days.

If you haven’t already, you will be getting Email with the subject line “ Daily Top Ten”. If you open the Email you’ll see a list of news headlines. Some are real, some are fake. If however you want to see news videos, go directly to and DO NOT view any videos that arrive in an Email.

Fake Email with dangerous fake Flash plugin

If you did select any of the video’s you’ll be asked to download what claims to be a new Flash update from Adobe. If you download and run get_flash_update.exe you’ll start to see some alerts from your favorite malware detector.

Another popular Email this week claims to be an update from Microsoft with the Subject: “Internet Explorer 7”. What you’ll get if you select this download is a rogue security program called Antivirus XP 2008. It’s not pretty but can currently be removed by most anti-malware programs.

Fake Internet Explorer


Other sources:
Sunbelt Blog: Fake CNN headlines
miekiemoes Blog: Beware of fake email from Microsoft! 

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