Beware of Bogus Bulletins Claiming to be from Microsoft

These tricks are the latest craze - fraudsters sending emails claiming to contain patches and security updates that are in fact, thinly disguised adverts, or worse still, malicious worms or other nasties.

If you get an e-mail that claims to contain a Microsoft software update, it is probably a trick to try to get you to infecting your own computer by running it. 

I'll say it once - Microsoft never widely distributes software in e-mail!

Learn how to spot the nasties at

NOTE - Microsoft now signs it's security related emails using a PGP certificate so get protected and get yourself a free copy of PGP at  Their PGP certificate is available for download at  

Also, in case you are in any doubt, Microsoft archives all bulletins at so you can check them out.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
Last updated: May 4th 2004
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