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Internet Explorer 7 Latest Version Malware Email

Summary:
Email that appears to be from Microsoft instructs the user to download the latest version of Internet Explorer 7 by clicking a link included in the message (Full commentary below).



Status:
Link leads to malware

Example:(Submitted, August 2008)
Subject: Internet Explorer 7 From: admin@microsoft.com

Download the latest version!

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Commentary:
Malicious emails disguised as official Microsoft messages are currently being distributed. The messages urge recipients to click a link supposedly to download the latest version of Internet Explorer 7. However, the messages are not from Microsoft and clicking the link will not download Internet Explorer 7. Instead, those who click the link may inadvertently download and install a trojan that can modify the Windows registry and other windows files. The trojan can also connect to other malicious websites and download and install more malware components.

Those responsible for the malware emails have attempted to make the messages seem more legitimate by including seemingly official newsletter subscription details and secondary links that lead to genuine Microsoft websites. The hackers have also used a spoofed email address to make it appear that the emails originate from Microsoft.

Internet fraudsters have repeatedly attempted to trick Windows users into downloading malware by distributing fake Microsoft Update notifications via email. Microsoft does not send update notifications via unsolicited emails. Any unsolicited email claiming to be from Microsoft that instructs the recipient to click a link or open an attachment to update his or her computer should be treated as suspect. When updating your Windows based computer, always ensure that you do so via the official Windows Update website.

Microsoft has published information about how to recognize fraudulent emails targeting Microsoft customers on its website.

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Last updated: 15th August 2008
First published: 15th August 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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