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ATARI.ORG FAKE EMAILS
August 8, 2003


Dear Atari.Org reader,

you might have received one or several E-Mails that informs you that your E-Mail address at Atari.Org is expiring.

This is a result of (yet) another E-Mail worm/virus that plauges Microsft Outlook, this time called W32.Mimail.A@mm. The mails are not sent from Atari.Org, and our services are not expiring. You don't need to worry about that!

How does the mail look like? Well, below is one of them that we recived in our own mailbox (isn't that funny, Atari.Org receives mail from Atari.Org that our account is expiring!).

Mail example:

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Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 18:34:44 +0300
From: admin@atari.org
To: Support 
Subject: your account                         ovjboisr

Hello there,

I would like to inform you about important information regarding your
email address. This email address will be expiring.
Please read attachment for details.

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Best regards, Administrator
ovjooiso

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This does look like it was sent from us, but let's examine it a little closer and look at the header:


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Return-path: 

Envelope-to: support@atari.org
Delivery-date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 18:34:49 +0300
Received: from 63.245.13.53.cstmr.multidatahn.net ([63.245.13.53] helo=localhost)
        by gem.atari.org with smtp (Exim 3.35 #1)
        id 19l9GH-0006NM-00
        for support@atari.org; Fri, 08 Aug 2003 18:34:44 +0300
From: admin@atari.org
To: Support 
Reply-To: admin@atari.org
X-Mailer: The Bat! (v1.61)
X-Priority: 2 (High)
Subject: your account                         ovjboisr
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="----------638D56DE002C1FD"
Message-Id: 
Date: Fri, 08 Aug 2003 18:34:44 +0300

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Now we clearly see that the mail does not origin from Atari.Org but is rather sent via a mail relay at multidatahn.net, a typic behaviour for an E-Mail worm/virus or a spammer.

In short; no need to worry about your Atari.Org services, they are safe.

However, if you are running Microsoft Outlook and is receiving this mail, chances are good you'll get infected as well. This we can't help here at Atari.Org. The choice to use Outlook were your own, and we can't do anything but recommend you to change program to send E-Mail with. A good (free) example is the Mozilla Thunderbird.


Thanks for reading,
Atari.Org Staff



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