[Techtalk] new spam thingy

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Thu Nov 21 22:24:11 EST 2002

On Thursday 21 November 2002 21:09, Ms. Piglet wrote:
> Actually, what I've been hearing about (and paying minimal attention to,
> admittedly, as a Mac/Linux user) is executable code embedded in HTML, so
> that displaying the HTML email causes it to execute. (This in email, not in
> webpages....)  Now how valid that is, I've not a clue; it's just been the
> buzz going by---I think the mechanism is something to do with the code in
> the HTML triggering the attachment, and email programs that automatically
> stash the attachment elsewhere are fairly immune, as is of course anyone
> who disables HTML in their email.
> --pig

Off the top of my head, this sounds like classic Active X exploits. Affects 
Internet Explorer, Outlook, and Outlook Express. Even having the Preview Pane 
open activates some of these.

Carla Schroder
Bratgrrl Computing
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