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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2003 20:26:28 +0100
From: Robbie Scourou 


Just got a lovely piece of spam at work, checked my inbox and outlook 
in its infinite wisdom automatically previewed the email. Hidden in the 
source was an <object> tag which grabbed a .hta file[0] from a website, 
which then proceeded to download and install SuperBar[1], sticking 
links to porn sites all over my machine. Not amused.

Has anyone else come across this?

It's scary how the firewall, Norton AV, Messagelabs Virus, Spam and 
Porn filters all counted for dick in this case. I don't want to use 
Outlook, unfortunately business needs and IT sense rarely match.

Glad i switched to mac at home.


[0] I managed to grab a copy of the source of the .hta, and the 
comments mentioned some guy name dzzie - prob the developer who found 
the hole.
[1] http://www.pestpatrol.com/PestInfo/db/s/superbar.asp
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