New virus purports to be message from Microsoft

Microsoft Corporation is warning customers today that a malicious hacker has been sending out a dangerous virus via email that purports to be from Microsoft Support. The email, which includes an executable attachment called Y2Kcount.exe, is praying on customer fears about the upcoming Year 2000 rollover.

"The Y2K-related e-mail message that claims to come from Microsoft is a hoax," says Don Jones, the director of Year 2000 Readiness at Microsoft. "Consumers should not open the attachment but rather delete it immediately."

Microsoft says that it does not send email attachments to users but rather directs them to download any Y2K fixes from the Microsoft Web site or order them on a Microsoft CD-ROM

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