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This blog details scams and identity theft problems and what to do to protect yourself. Author of "Protect Your Good Name! (From IDentity Theft)" explains in plain language actions to protect your financial health.

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I am the author of "Protect Your Good Name! (From IDentity Theft)." I am also the owner of Information Security Education, LLC. I have developed technology for fast, accurate, and cost-effective background checks. I have also developed educational seminars on Identity Theft, Personal Computer Security, Information Security for Small Business, and Pre-Employment Checks

Monday, January 01, 2007

Fake Virus Notice Downloads Real Virus

An e-mail making the rounds recently claims to be from Microsoft, warning you to take action against a new virus. If you were to click on the link, you will actually download a virus on your computer allowing the hacker access to your computer.



The link actually looks like it goes to Microsoft, but it actually sends you to a site in Romania. Many computer problems are linked to Eastern Europe, but the originator could actually be located next door.



This particular attack requests you go to http://update.microsoft.go.ro. The last few letters give us insight as to the destination of a site. The letters “ro” indicate Romania.



If you are a Microsoft user, simply ask for automatic updates. This will require your computer to periodically check Microsoft’s database. If updates are available you will be notified by your web browser that the download is available. Microsoft does not send e-mails touting problems. In fact, Microsoft is very secretive about its software problems.