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[off topic] new virus wrinkle

From: Al Gilman <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2002 13:44:48 -0400
Message-Id: <Version.32.20020422124909.00b9e540@pop.iamdigex.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
[I did a quick Google search and didn't come up with any discussion of this factoid.]

I don't know if any of you are managing your own defenses against email attacks.

But if you are, you might want to notice this new wrinkle:

The bad guys are now sometimes spamming two copies of an attack at you.  One with broken MIME to trick the software, if the software hasn't been corrected, and one with valid MIME to trick the person, if they are not cautious enough.  The same attacking active attachment is in both copies, only the MIME bugs have changed.  The valid-MIME copy is also a device to get through email virus filters that check for the particular MIME errors to which uncorrected mail implementations are vulnerable.


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