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Monday, May 27th 2002
The Klez Worm
01:16 PM
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This isn't game development news, but its something that's affecting a lot of people; especially those who operate or contribute to web sites. If you haven't heard by now, there's an annoying e-mail worm circulating, called Klez. As it spreads via e-mail, it provides fraudulent "from" addresses that are collected from cached web pages or address books on compromised machines. This makes incoming e-mail with infected attachments appear as though they've come from someone you might know.

Even if your client or OS is not susceptible to these types of attacks, the reason this one potentially affects everyone reading e-mail is that the fraudulent return address falsely implies that someone you know at least tried to send you an infected attachment. Here's some coverage from Wired:
  • Klez Worm, Not Sender, Hates You
  • Klez: Don't Believe 'From' Line
  • Klez: Hi Mom, We're No. 1
  • While I hope this news post serves as a general warning to those of you previously unfamiliar with the worm, the main purpose of it is to say that if you receive ANY unsolicited e-mail attachments with ANY "" return address, you can be certain that it is NOT from us.
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