You can consider this a public service announcement - or, at the least, a potentially interesting read. I placed this here, because it really doesn't fit completely in ANY of the other forums. I received an e-mail from a friend that said I had received an Online Comedy E-card from him through the "ImageComedy Network". Clicking on the link, which looked innocent enough, I arrived at a page telling me the following: Well, I smelled a rat, so I create 5 new hotmail e-mail accounts just to see what this would do - I figured since I had already clicked on the link, they probably already had my e-mail address. It showed a semi-amusing picture of a gas station sign (which turns out is the same for everyone, but more on that later). It also said that I could get free prizes myself - nothing about winning them for my friend (which, of course, I hadn't assumed was the case anyway). Then, I went to check one of the new hotmail accounts... Inside was a message COMING FROM MY E-MAIL ADDRESS with the same contents as the one I received. Now this enraged me, because the web site spoofed my e-mail address, and then had a web page asking the users to enter 5 e-mail addresses to "help me win". Of course, as I mentioned above, I had already "won" some free prizes (minus shipping and handling) - but that's not the last of it... Today, I received 5 e-mails - all from different people, but some containing viruses, and the other asking me to "click on a button to activate frames so you can see this message" (UPDATE: This is hotmail's built-in protection mechanism - these e-mails, which I will probably never view, contain a "pif" file and a "HTML" file - typical characteristics of a virus-laden e-mail). The problem was, I have never, EVER, gotten spam in that inbox - until I went to the ImageComedy network. However, the thing that scares me the most is the fact that I received another e-mail, from a business, saying that AN E-MAIL I SENT HAD BEEN REJECTED BECAUSE THE ATTACHMENT CONTAINED A VIRUS. Now, obviously, I had never contacted this business in any way (they sell dental products I believe). I can only come to the conclusion that the ImageComedy Network spoofed an e-mail to make it seem as if it came from me, and attached a virus to it. (See a couple posts down - ImageComedy Network *may* be infected with Klez - but again, it is still definitely an e-mail harvester). (Obviously, I don't send out e-mails with the title "Look, my beautiful girl friend" <-- NOTE: This is a typical Klez.H subject title.) [hr] Obviously, the ImageComedy network is some front for e-mail address collection, so please, DONT GO THERE - but also, it has sent out AT LEAST ONE E-MAIL, looking like it came from MY E-MAIL ADDRESS, with a VIRAL ATTACHMENT (probably Klez - that is the virus I got from a couple of the spam e-mails this morning). They have shown they spoof e-mails (in the 5 hotmail e-mail addresses I registered), and this activity is not only malicious, but almost definitely illegal. Any ways to shut them down would be appreciated. UPDATE: It is always possible that the ImageComedy Network is actually INFECTED with Klez, but from what I've seen, I'm guessing otherwise (they've already shown a willingness, and ability, to spoof e-mails even WITHOUT the virus - and at the least, this is an e-mail harvesting operation). -Javacool P.S. Long story short, PLEASE do not open any e-mails from the ImageComedy Network - I would like to hope by getting this out to people, that their distribution of viruses is brought to a halt, or at least fewer people will receive them - whether or not their distribution of viruses is purposeful or an accident.