This came with this month's TerraWorld newsletter. TerraWorld is our local ISP here in much of Kansas.
URGENT ADVISORY: EVERYONE VULNERABLE TO NEW INTERNET EXPLORER EXPLOIT
A new malware attack that exploits Internet Explorer has been discovered. Terra World Technical Support recommends that you IMMEDIATELY update your anti-virus and anti-spyware software. A patch from Microsoft to correct this problem in Internet Explorer is not expected until October 10th. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has information on their website:
We have started receiving reports of customers receiving emails and who opened them, believing they are legitimate and from Terra World Technical Support. THEY ARE FAKE.
Do NOT open emails containing attachments from ANYONE -- EVEN IF YOU KNOW THEM -- unless you know if advance that the email is coming and what it contains. Being overly-cautious can save you hours and days of aggravation. It takes only minutes to have someone re-send you an email, if need be.