|Patches? We Don't Need No Stinking Patches!|
(9/30/2003) Some viruses are not only stunning examples of hacking and reverse engineering, they also demonstrate a phenomenon known as "social engineering," or preying on the inexperience of users to help their spread.
Another version comes cleverly formatted as an official-looking Microsoft web page and contains more descriptive text:
These are not official notices from Microsoft (the poor grammar and spelling alone should have been red flags). In fact, rather than being a software patch to prevent the spread of viruses into and by your computer, the attachment is actually infected with a virus.
Its delivery method is particularly sinister. The official-looking notice, coupled with almost constant attention by the media to security flaws in Microsoft products, lead many otherwise skeptical people to believe this is really a patch.
The bottom line, however, is that Microsoft does not distribute software patches in this manner. They do have a patch that will prevent Swen-type infections, but you'll have to visit their Windows Update web site to get it - they won't send it to you.
The best way to keep viruses and worms out of your computer is to install anti-virus software and keep it updated regularly. Consult the references below for updates and instructions from the most popular packages (or to purchase a package, if you don't have one). Read "Protecting Your PC" in the Chain-Breaker's Library for more steps you can take to prevent unwanted intrusions on your data.
Category: Virus Warning