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Beware email virus purporting to be from UPS [07/15/2008]
A common (and unfortunately, effective) technique for luring e-mail users into opening virus-launching attachments is to send messages that would appear to be relevant or important to many of their potential recipients. One way of accomplishing this feat is to make the virus-carrying messages appear to come from some type of business entity that many people commonly deal with, such as one of the large Internet auction or retailing sites, or a national bank (or other financial institution), or a major provider of a common service.

That last area was in play in July 2008, when e-mail users experienced the onset of a virus spread through messages purporting to come from the United Parcel Service (UPS) parcel delivery company. The bogus messages informed users about packages they had supposedly sent that could not be delivered due to incorrect recipient addresses and invited them to open and print out attached invoices in order to claim the undelivered packages at UPS offices. The messages included a file attachment called 'ups_invoice.zip' which actually harbored a malicious executable file called 'ups_invoice.exe', but the attachment displayed a Microsoft Word icon to make it appear like a harmless Word document and thereby lure recipients into clicking on it.


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