Once Again: A Scam using Microsoft’s Name to Install Malware

It happens pretty often but this time it seems to be wider spread then normal as our traffic with regards to this issue is higher than usual: There is a mail circulating pretending that it is coming from Steve Lipner here at Microsoft telling you to install the attached update (see the mail below).

Just to re-enforce the message: Microsoft never ever (let’s stress that again: never ever) distributes updates or any kind of software as attachment via e-mail. We link to our Websites and our updates are signed by us.

So, just delete these kind of messages without even reading them


P.S. Here is the version of today and this is a scam!

Dear Microsoft Customer,


Please notice that Microsoft company has recently issued a Security Update for OS Microsoft Windows. The update applies to the following OS versions: Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows Millenium, Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista.


Please notice, that present update applies to high-priority updates category. In order to help protect your computer against security threats and performance problems, we strongly recommend you to install this update.


Since public distribution of this Update through the official website http://www.microsoft.com would have result in efficient creation of a malicious software, we made a decision to issue an experimental private version of an update for all Microsoft Windows OS users.


As your computer is set to receive notifications when new updates are available, you have received this notice.


In order to start the update, please follow the step-by-step instruction:

1. Run the file, that you have received along with this message.

2. Carefully follow all the instructions you see on the screen.


If nothing changes after you have run the file, probably in the settings of your OS you have an indication to run all the updates at a background routine. In that case, at this point the upgrade of your OS will be finished.


We apologize for any inconvenience this back order may be causing you.



Thank you,


Steve Lipner

Director of Security Assurance

Microsoft Corp.




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