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where do i look for the latest email virus warnings? Answered

been getting 2 or three every week for past few weeks from the "IRS" that i just delete and now new one from "police Agency" reported return email is no-replyzeeyk@policeagency.com and both have attachments to open of course...so was wondering where to get a list of resent email virus threats.
thank you



7 years ago

In the U.S., announcements of vulnerabilities are coordinated through the Computer Emergency Readiness Team at the Department of Homeland Security. These announcements cover much more than e-mail viruses, primarily software and server-side attacks, bugs, etc. Most other countries have their own CERT's.

Besides "viruses" (technically, trojan horses), most of the e-mail "attacks" you receive will be so-called "phishing" or "social engineering" attacks. That is, the e-mail text will appear to come from a known company or organization with which you're familiar, and will ask you to either follow links or supply personal information.

If you're smart, you won't do any of that, but will rather contact the organization yourself (by phone or by a new e-mail message, not following a link). If you're not so smart, you'll do what the e-mail asks, and the author will have successfully tricked you.

You don't need a list (infinitely long!) of such messages. What you need is to be smart enough and aware enough to never provide personal information because of an unsolicited e-mail. Contact the company yourself, outside of that e-mail channel, and make sure they really need what was asked.


7 years ago

Look at the websites maintained by the companies which sell antivirus software. They maintain databases describing some of the known hazards, though those are generally indexed by name of the threat rather than by description of it.

If you want a list of recent hoaxes, the urban-legend site Snopes mentions some of them.

But the better answer is to INSTALL antivirus and antispam software... and to assume that anything that looks at all unreasonable should be deleted unread. That applies even if there aren't attachments, since phishing (identity theft attempts) is also a serious problem. If you don't know where it came from or why you're getting it, it's junk mail at best and potentially an attack.

"Remember, when you connect to the network you are connecting to every machine the network has ever connected to. Practice safe hex."