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New VISA scam exploits IE vulnerability
(Moderators: feel free to wrap the long lines if you think it's necessary,
I'm posting it as I received it)
The VISA scam rides again!
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>From email@example.com Wed Dec 24 00:42:50 2003
Received: from 184.108.40.206 (AC991F46.ipt.aol.com [220.127.116.11])
by xxxx.xxxx.xxxx.xx (8.11.2/8.11.2) with SMTP id hBNNglx01132
for ; Wed, 24 Dec 2003 00:42:48 +0100 (MET)
Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 17:42:09 -0600
From: Visa International Service
X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1158
Reply-To: Visa International Service
Organization: Visa International Service
X-Priority: 3 (Normal)
Subject: Visa Security Update
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1
Secure with Visa
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While the whole thing seems to be a really sorry attempt of someone who
knows next to nothing about e-mail, looking at the URI the victim is
supposed to go to suggests the scammer attempted (unsuccessfully, it
appears - I couldn't check it because I don't use Windows, but there
doesn't seem to be the 0x01 char anywhere) to exploit the Internet
Explorer URL parsing vulnerability discovered not long ago, in order to
obscure the real target host from superficial inspections that many users,
especially of the kind that would believe such messages, never go
AOL and iPowerWeb (where the scam site is located) have been notified.
Our latest security system will help you to avoid possible fraud actions and
keep your investments in safety.
Due to technical security update you have to reactivate your account
Click on the link below to login to your updated Visa account.
To log into your account, please visit the Visa Website at
href="http://www.visa.com :UserSession=2f6q9uuu88312264trzzz55884495&usersoption=SecurityUpdate&StateLevel=GetFrom@18.104.22.168/~gotierco/verified_by_vis http://www.visa.coma.htm">http://www.visa.com
We respect your time and business.
It's our pleasure to serve you.
Please don't reply to this email. This e-mail was generated by a mail handling system.
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