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Identifying malware emails in your Windows Live Hotmail inbox

Some Windows Live Hotmail customers may be seeing their e-mail accounts “hijacked” by spammers, who in turn’re sending e-mails that may result in you downloading a worm or virus onto your computer. Windows Live Hotmail is the e-mail service that powers Office Live Small Business e-mail accounts, reports. A typical virus e-mail has an arcane subject line such as “Good shopping good mood,” and a folksy e-mail encouraging you to visit an electronics company website and/or click on its e-mail address. Clicking on these links downloads a copy of the worm onto the message recipients’ computers. Upon download, it then gathers e-mail addresses of contacts saved on the recipient’s computer and sends itself out to all of those addresses. See Security warning from Windows Live for more details.

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