Simple Rules for Avoiding Malware in Email

Here’s a bit of a writeup I did for some folks who were being hit with a bout of malware email messages (the actual attachments were being removed by our filters).

The message(s) you received were an attempt to infect your computer with malware, the mail server on receiving the message removed the dangerous attachment but in general if you receive an attachment that you’re not expecting, do not open it – malware writers are creative and may come up with something that the mail server won’t block, at least not while the attack is new. This is the first attempt I remember seeing that pretended to be travel arrangements, but it’s not a surprising development.

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Compliment Comments and Spam

Because of a standard configuration of many WordPress blogs, it’s not uncommon to get comments containing nothing but a generic compliment. These frequently also have a site like google.com listed as the commenter’s website and/or an email address from China (.cn) or Russia (.ru).

These generic compliment comments are part one of a two-stage spam attack.

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