By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
Scammers are sending out phoney e-mails that claim to include critical
Windows security alerts, Microsoft warned Monday.
The fake alerts describe themselves as part of a new "experimental
private version of an update for all Microsoft Windows OS users,"
Microsoft said in a note on the scam, posted Monday.
The e-mails then instruct the victim to download an attachment, which is
actually a malicious Trojan Horse program known as Win32/Haxdoor. This
software records sensitive information such as passwords and credit card
numbers and sends this data back to the attackers who are running the
The malware well-known, however, and is detected by antivirus programs
as well as Microsoft's free Microsoft Malicious Software Removal Tool
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