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Sunday, March 16, 2003


Fake MS Security Update

I received an email today with the text quoted below.

This is NOT a valid update from Microsoft, but a WORM (W32.Gibe) that will infect your machine and attempt to email itself to everyone in your address book.

If you receive an email like this, simply delete it. You cannot be infected as long as you do not run the email attachments.

Microsoft never emails updates nor includes attachments in the promotional emails.

You may or may not see an email like this, but it appears to be making the rounds again, so update your anti-virus programs (or install them if you don't have one) and be "on the lookout".

For further information, visit:



"this is the latest version of security update, the "March 2003, Cumulative Patch" update which eliminates all known security vulnerabilities affecting Internet Explorer, Outlook and Outlook Express as well as five newly discovered vulnerabilities. Install now to protect your computer from these vulnerabilities, the most serious of which could allow an attacker to run executable on your system. This update includes the functionality of all previously released patches."


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