News

Microsoft Warns of Hoax E-mail

Microsoft Corp. warned customers that a hoax e-mail is circulating. Although no damage was found, Microsoft urges caution to anyone who receives this message.

The message claims to contain a Windows 95/98 Y2K update, and reads:

Dear registered Microsoft customer, we have compiled a program to test and fix the issues related to the year 2000 change. Attached is a LANCHECK (R) file to execute on your Windows 95/98 operating system. Please send any questions or comments to the Microsoft Y2K team at www.microsoft.com\Y2K.
Sincerely,
Tom Chandler
SVP, Y2K Taskforce
Microsoft Corp.

Company officials said that no one named Tom Chandler works at Microsoft.

Microsoft Security believes that this should be treated as a serious issue. Although the e-mail that Microsoft inspected did not appear to perform any malicious actions, there could be multiple versions available, or the payload could be modified to be malicious.

In a statement, Microsoft said it will never distribute software via e-mail. Instead, updates and security patches are provided on Microsoft's Year 2000 Web site (located at www.microsoft.com/y2k and www.microsoft.com/security, respectively) or on a CD- ROM, such as the Year 2000 Resource CD.

When Microsoft sends e-mail messages to its customers regarding Y2K updates or security patches, it is merely to inform them that they are available and the e-mail will only provide links to the Microsoft download sites. Microsoft never attaches the software itself to the e-mail. -- Thomas Sullivan

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Warns IT Pros on Windows Netlogon Fix Coming Next Month

    Microsoft on Thursday issued a reminder to organizations to ensure that their systems are properly patched for a "Critical"-rated Windows Netlogon vulnerability before next month's "update Tuesday" patch distribution arrives.

  • Microsoft Nudging Skype for Business Users to Teams

    Microsoft on Thursday announced some perks and prods for Skype for Business unified communications users, with the aim of moving them to the Microsoft Teams collaboration service instead.

  • How To Improve Windows 10's Sound and Video Quality

    Windows 10 comes with built-in tools that can help users get the most out of their sound and video hardware.

  • Microsoft Offers More 'Solorigate' Advice Using Microsoft 365 Defender Tools

    Microsoft issued yet another article with advice on how to use its Microsoft 365 Defender suite of tools to protect against "Solorigate" advanced persistent threat types of attacks in a Thursday announcement.

comments powered by Disqus