Fake Windows Update Ignored by Outlook’s Email Defenses

There’s a fake Microsoft email message with a nasty file attachment wending it’s way around the internet.  It’s supposedly a Windows update .exe sent as an attachment to a Microsoft email.

Though almost all email programs block .exe attachment files by default, they don’t always send the entire email to the junk mail folder.  Although, having an executable as an attachment should tip the junk filter to the suspicious category and at least send it to the Junk Folder in an abundance of caution.

If you see this email message, DELETE it post haste.  Microsoft would NEVER send an .exe or .msi file through the email system.  Microsoft sends updates through the update process on your PC or MAC.

The current message supposedly comes from “Microsoft Update Center [securityassurance@microsoft.com]” and contains an attachment KB825559.exe – which should NOT be opened under any circumstances.

The complete message and details can be found on the Office Watch website http://news.office-watch.com/?699.