With friends like these...

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Oct 24, 2002

A nuisance email which is neither viral nor a hoax is proving to be equally bothersome.

A nuisance email which is neither viral nor a hoax is proving to be equally bothersome. Email recipients are invited to pick up an 'e-card' from the FriendGreetings.com website. Here, the user is asked to install an ActiveX control. Prior to installation, two end-user licence agreements (EULA) are displayed, the second of which states that, by installing the ActiveX control, the user is giving permission to send a similar greetings card to all addresses in the user's Outlook address book. Unsurprisingly, few users pay sufficient attention to the lengthy EULA and simply agree to the installation of the ActiveX control. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Posted on 24 October 2002 by Virus Bulletin

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