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Malicious Email Inciting Harmful Downloads on Windows Update Day

As we near Windows Patch Tuesday, SPAMfighter warns Windows users to be cautious of an email threat invading inboxes before and during security updates each month. A malicious email is falsely informing users that their mailboxes have been "changed" due to a security upgrade of the recipient's mailing service. The user is then told to click on a link "in order to apply the new set of settings." This tricky type of spam is crafted to look like it has been sent from recipients' local sytem administrators, similar in format to Outlook Web Access. According to SPAMfighter, spammers appear to be keeping these targeted, monthly phishing attempts below the radar so as not to garner enough attention to be stopped.

"Clicking on links from bougus emails like the Patch Tuesday spam we're seeing can be extremely harmful to duped users. Many of these emails are phishing for recipients' personal information, which these criminals gain access to when a user clicks on a false link," warns Martin Thorborg, co-founder of SPAMfighter.

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