Unsolicited email from guardian.com


sybilla 16 264
30 Jan 2006 8:54PM
Well, you will all be pleased to know that I was daft enough to try and open one hahahahaha OOOpppsss!!! I am afraid curiosity got the better of me (and, in truth, I really faniced an excuse to by a new PC and I'll blame the kids anyway). So, I'll let you have the results after the 3rd!

Clare

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michaeldt 16 1.2k
30 Jan 2006 11:14PM
i must be hghly unpopular. none here....
collywobles 16 4.0k 10 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2006 11:32PM
I'm still amazed, that despite years of 'WARNINGS' of email scams and viruses, people still open attachments to emails from total strangers.

I have a simple rule, do not open emails from anyone who you are not expecting an email from or know. Secondly dont open any attachment to an email unless you know the source of the data -- and that that, can be trusted.
hobbs Plus
16 1.3k Japan
30 Jan 2006 11:39PM
The thing that set the alarm bells going for me was the fact the zip file was only 8kb and the mail had said there were several pics to choose from.
User_Removed 16 3.3k Russian Federation
31 Jan 2006 12:37AM

Quote:Also got one from "Campus Life" courtesy of a "Mr. Joseph Hope"


Yup... As in, he "hopes" that you open the attachment! ;o)
elowes 16 2.8k United Kingdom
31 Jan 2006 1:02AM
In my home email I get up to 60 or so spams a day. I use BTYahoo mail so they go into a spam folder and get deleted.

I never, ever, open an attachment from someone I don't know or am not expecting. Usually these contain inducements or porn. Even with friends I won't open an attachment unless they have explained what it is.

I now have the advantage with BTYahoo that all attachments are scanned and those with a virus that can't be 'cleaned' I am not able to open anyway.

I have had one or two forwarded from people I know who have been used by these brain dead prats to bulk email their contacts in an effort to spread internet disease. I have also had one or two where the sender was not aware that by passing on a joke or chain letter they were spreading a virus.
debbiehardy 16 363 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2006 1:59AM
Got the email and suspected it so I asked The Guardian what they thought. Here's their reply:

Thank you for your email.

This is a spam message. All our email addresses, including our website, end
.co.uk. We have received several complaints
about this, but can assure you that it is nothing to do with Guardian
Newspapers Limited.

Thank you for your interest in the Guardian range of websites.

www.guardian.co.uk

Regards.

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dougv 16 8.4k 3 England
31 Jan 2006 2:14AM
Nice!

About as much use as a chocolate teapot!

Doug ;o)
svengali_uk 16 470
31 Jan 2006 4:20AM
I must be much more posh than you plebs.... MINE was from Yale University!
Ade_Osman 17 4.5k 36 England
31 Jan 2006 5:21AM
Don't think so, you got the mail for the real suckers!.....ROFLOL

Sorry....Ade
csurry 18 9.2k 92
31 Jan 2006 5:26AM
Ah obviously no one wants my images for their February magazine - I'm hurt!
simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2006 5:41AM
What is frustrating is , I'm getting copies sent to the e-mail address I used to register on EPZ and the one I used to register at the epz direct shop.


Simon
Pete Plus
19 18.8k 97 England
31 Jan 2006 5:59AM
These things happen all the time...spam/viruses... and are not connected with us or our products.
simont 16 2.3k 4 United Kingdom
31 Jan 2006 6:19AM
Sorry Pete, I didn't mean to infer that they were in any way connected with epz or your products.

Simon
martynj 17 21
31 Jan 2006 10:22AM
Further info from Trend Micro

Virus name: BKDR_BREPLIBOT.H

"This memory-resident backdoor arrives on a system as an attachment to spammed email messages. The said attachment uses the file name PHOTO AND ARTICLE.EXE. It may also be downloaded from the Internet, or dropped by other malware.

It runs a command in order to bypass the firewall settings of the affected system. The said command allows this Trojan to perform its routines normally."

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