washmail Posted July 22, 2008 Share Posted July 22, 2008 I received what I believed to be one of those typical panic-creating 'warnings' that go around, claiming to warn recipients that emails titled "xxx" contain a virus that will destroy your hard drive's contents, and that such has been supposedly confirmed by respected anti-virus companies, Microsoft etc. as very dangerous, and that no current protection is available. As is usual I deleted this 'warning' email without a second thought. However today, a few days later, I received a number of such warned-about(?) emails titled "HallMark Greeting Card". What was most strange about them is that I was unable to view any of the headers on my email control monitor 'MailWasher' - something not previously experienced. I've no idea how this has been achieved... I sent the first one through to SpamCop to examine the headers, and later reported all of them. Sure enough one of them contained an invalid reverse DNS, but the virus scan was clear despite there being a fairly large attachment to each called "postcard.zip". At this stage this is not on my Service Provider's blocklist(s) (which they are using is unknown). My SP appears to use excellent blocklist(s) as I encounter almost no false positives or false negatives. So far the SPs from whom the emails originate are all South African, so this may not (yet) be of international concern. Not surprisingly the SP involved with hallmark[dot]com is refusing any related SC reports. Is it possible that this is a real new threat, and that there is any truth in the warning received? I doubt it, but thought it would be interesting to share this experience and to learn from any feedback. To view: http://www.spamcop.net/sc?id=z2087717778zf...9560e6fa571eb3z Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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