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Re: Odd spam / virus - comments ?

  • From: Steven M. Bellovin
  • Date: Tue Mar 26 09:15:10 2002

In message <[email protected]>, "Peter Galbavy" writes:
>OK - As a knowledgeable bunch, maybe you lot can give me pointers.
>A customer / friend phoned me last night saying that I sent him a virus by
>e-mail. Now, I am far more careful than that - at least I hope. It turned
>out that it wasn't me, but a forgery. Now, that is not unusual, but what is
>that the recipient is someone I know.

There are worms out there (such as Nimda.E) that use Outlook address books
not just for lists of victims, but also as "From:" addresses.  In other
words, your involvement might be having sent email to someone else who 
is infected.

		--Steve Bellovin,
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