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Hotmail Accounts

 
Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread

Effects 

Hotmail Accounts does not have any direct effects, as it is not a virus.

Infection strategy 

Hotmail Accounts does not use any means of infection because it is not a virus.

Hotmail Accounts aims to provide false data in order to confuse users and get them to spread the word by forwarding the message.

Means of transmission 

Hotmail Accounts does not use any means of transmission because it is not a virus.

However, Hotmail Accounts tricks users into voluntarily forwarding the warning message, creating a rumor that spreads like wild fire via e-mail.

The e-mail message has any of the following formats:

  • Message 1:

    Urgent: Please Forward! Hello to everyone from the Hotmail Headquarters! This is just a little test to see who is actively using their email account and in effect deleting all inactive users accounts. This process will make the whole site faster and easier to use for the active users. Now on to what to do with this email. All you have to do is forward this on to at least 10 registered Hotmail users. If you don't forward this on within 48 hours of reading it, your account will be deactivated momentarily until you contact Hotmail Headquarters.
  • Message 2:

    READ THE PARAGRAPH IF YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR HOTMAIL ACCOUNT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Dear Hotmail User,

    Because of the sudden rush of people signing up to Hotmail,it has come to our attention that we are vastly running out of resources. So, within a month's time, anyone who does not receive this email with the exact subject heading, will be deleted off our server.Please forward this email so that we know you are still using this account.

    WARNING WARNING
    We want to find out which users are actually using their Hotmail accounts. So if you are using your account, please pass this e-mail to every Hotmail user that you can and if you do not pass this letter to anyone we will delete your account.

    From Mr. Jon Henerd
    Hotmail Admin. Dept.


    Our hotmail system is getting to crowded!! We need you to forward this to at least 20 people. I know this seems like a large number, but we need to find out who is really using their account. If you do not send this to at least 10 Hotmail members, we will delete your account. Sorry for this inconvenience.

    Sincerely, Director of Hotmail Services
    Aaron Lopez
  • Message 3:

    Dear Hotmail User,

    We understand that you have previously recieved many messages that have state the colising of accounts not being used within our servers. This message, however, is your final warning. Within this message is encoded a small program that will located and debug your account when sent to fifteen other Hotmail users. If you do not send this message to fifteen Hotmail users within 24 hours of recieving this message, your account will be PERMANETLY SHUT-DOWN. When and if you send this, we herebygrant that you will no longer recieve such messages as this one.

    We realize that this process is becoming an annoyance, however, this is the final message you will recieve from the Hotmail Announcement staff. Thank you for you time and cooperation.

    Sincerely,
    Calvin W. Kreantz
    MSN Accounts Coordinator
  • Message 4:

    Hotmail is offering active users the new Extra Storage block&contact feature!

    Ever wanted to know if you have been blocked? With the new block&contact feature available for MSN Messenger you will now be able to have up to 500 contacts on your list, and be able to see who is blocking you! Extra Storage downloads are now offering you the