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sdarken
10-25-2002, 09:07 PM
Read about it here:

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/friendgreetings.html

It comes in the form of electronic greeting cards....

The installer package requires that you accept two End User License Agreements (EULA) in order to complete the installation. The following EULA explicitly states that by accepting the agreement , you are authorizing the software to send an email to all contacts in the Microsoft Outlook contacts list.

Jan
10-25-2002, 09:54 PM
That is a low down trick :mad: I wonder how many will be bright enough to realise this is not a good practice? Especially at this time of the year when many greetings will be sent. :eek:

Czar
10-25-2002, 11:36 PM
Youch!

And those of us who run holiday and greeting-related sites are likely to feel some of the backlash once users are made to be extra-cautious regarding links or applications sent via email that might otherwise be perfectly harmless. :(

Thanks for the heads-up, Simon. :)

Steve_S
10-26-2002, 01:43 PM
thanks.

The culprits site does not resolve. I'm hoping this is permanent.

I'm surprised they could obtain a cert and find this procedure morally and ethically reprehensible.

Jan
10-28-2002, 12:26 AM
It seems this isn't just a regular worm, it is even lower than that :rolleyes:
THE writers of a pornographic worm disguised as an electronic greeting card have resorted to legal tricks to legitimise their code.

http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,5374224%255E15306,00.html

sdarken
10-28-2002, 02:11 PM
...the worm sends itself to everyone in the email contact list, and the infected machine starts receiving full-size adult pop-up advertisements. They never receive a greeting card.

Amazing....after all the stuff it does, you don't even receive a greeting card.

Mbarb
10-29-2002, 09:44 AM
CNN picked up on it...a bit slow..

http://www.cnn.com/2002/TECH/ptech/10/28/security.net/index.html

Click Here!