Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Subject: your account
I would like to inform you about important information regarding your
email address. This email address will be expiring.
Please read attachment for details.
Best regards, Administrator
Origins: Mimail, a self-replicating worm, hit the Internet in August 2003. It replicates by sending a message purporting to come from an administrative account at the recipient's
The Mimail worm does not appear to cause any damage to the systems it infects (other than using them as bases from which to spread itself). Microsoft has released a patch for Outlook Express which closes the security hole exploited by Mimail. Symantec has also issued a removal tool to clean Mimail-infected systems.
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