Corporations that have yet to migrate or finish migrations from Windows NT were thrown a bone last week by Microsoft , which extended fee-based custom support for the expiring NT and Exchange 5.5 platforms.
Microsoft officials say the custom support provides security hotfixes for vulnerabilities deemed "critical" and "important" for NT through 2006 and for Exchange 5.5 through 2007.
Both platforms are facing an end to support, with NT expiring Jan. 1, 2005. Extended support for Exchange 5.5 was slated to end next year. Microsoft won't extend life-cycle support for the two platforms, which includes publicly available support materials.
PRESS RELEASE: New Christmas Card email worm spreading
For release December 14, 2004
New Christmas Card email worm spreading
F-Secure is warning computer users around the world about a new email worm
that passes itself on as a fake Christmas Card.
Virus writers are honouring this Christmas with a new virus known as Zafi.D.
This email worm spreads in emails that are written in several different
languages based on the recipient. The Christmas greeting could be written in
English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Swedish and several other languages.
The message is a simple Christmas wish. Following text is an example of
Sender: Pamela M.
Subject: Merry Christmas!
The infected attachment has an extension of .pif, .cmd, .bat, or .com file.
When run, the virus displays a decoy error message saying "Error in packed
file!". After this the virus spreads further and installs a backdoor that
will allow the virus writer to take over the infected computer.
The worms sends messages in the respective languages to the following country
.hu .sp .ru .dk .ro .se .no .fi .lt .pl .pt .de .nl .cz .fr .it .mx .at ..es
"We have seen viruses that send fake Christmas cards almost every Christmas,
says Mikko Hypp