The Null Device

Dear user

I just found the following in my mailbox:

From: management@null.org
Subject: Email account utilization warning.

Dear user of Null.org,

Our main mailing server will be temporary unavaible for next two days, to continue receiving mail in these days you have to configure our free auto-forwarding service.

For more information see the attached file.

Have a good day,
The Null.org team http://www.null.org

Given that I own null.org (and that no address such as "management@null.org" actually exists), I must say I was a touch suspicious. And then I looked at the attachment portion of the email:

Content-Type: application/octet-stream; name="Information.pif" Content-Transfer-Encoding: base64 Content-Disposition: attachment; filename="Information.pif"

Which looks to be a Windows executable of some sort. That's undoubtedly the "free auto-forwarding service" they mentioned. I'm sure it would have done exactly as that, only with the proviso of forwarding penis-pill spam to millions of mailboxes worldwide through my machine.

That is, if I (a) used a Windows machine, and (b) was sufficiently clueless to open an attachment from somebody claiming to be in charge of the "main mailing server" on my domain.

There are 3 comments on "Dear user":

Posted by: headsfromspace http://www.etherealcode.blogspot.com Wed Mar 3 13:49:11 2004

It's so satisfying to be smart, isn't it?

Posted by: acb http://dev.null.org Thu Mar 4 12:59:48 2004

Damn those smart people!

Posted by: hot soup girl http://finishhim.blogspot.com/ Sun Mar 7 08:34:34 2004

Sounds like the Beagle:

http://snopes.com/computer/virus/beagle.asp

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