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Bad form: Virus warnings with strange URLs

Posted by onlydarksets on July 15, 2008

I received the following virus warning email from UPS:

The problem I have is that it contains an undecipherable link in it:
http://sdm3.rm04.net/servlet/MailView?ms=MjA3NTAzOQS2&r=MTM0Njg0MjE3MDYS1&j=NTM3MTcxODES1&mt=1

If you try to go to rm04.net, it doesn’t resolve.  whois points to http://www.markmonitor.com/, which is a legitimate brand protection service.

However, the casual user isn’t going to do this much research.  Common advice these days for the casual user is that, if there is a fishy URL, it’s probably phishing.

If you are warning people about viruses, send the email in plain text, and use your own URL.  Otherwise you aren’t really helping.

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