Brad Fitzpatrick (bradfitz) wrote in news,
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Sorry, time for another virus reminder...

If you use Windows and have been on the Internet for more than a few days, it should be obvious by now that you shouldn't open attachments. Unless you're 100% confident it's not suspicious in any way, it's probably a virus.

Notably, the "LiveJournal.com team" will never send you attachments. So just delete the latest outbreak of virus mails going around as of yesterday claiming to be from us.

Why do they look like they're coming from us? Because the Internet mail architecture is old and the inventors didn't think spoofing the sender address was a serious problem.

Nowadays people are trying to change the mail architecture to fix that, but it's a very slow process. (LiveJournal is publishing SPF records for what it's worth, but not strict ones, since we're not yet providing outgoing SMTP servers to paid users wanting to use their LJ address.... that's a goal, though)

If you're looking for more interesting front-page news, check out the previous item: the February Status Report.
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