Post by Mike Ruddock
I have just received an email signed by one Robert Scott (but probably
"Shared document with you using Dropbox App. Please refer to file."
Beneath that is a message in blue which says "Click here to view the
I can't recall what I may have put into Dropbox (and I haven't used it
for some years.)
Should I file this in Recycle Bin?
I share the apprehension of others (I like the concept of the
e-bargepole with which not to touch it!). The wording of the email, not
saying what it's about, also sounds dodgy.
Personally, I'd be tempted to fetch the file, and scan it with some
up-to-date malware detector (maybe doing so a few days after it was
sent, to give the malware folk time to catch up - assuming getting a
file from DropBox doesn't force you to execute it. (Not being a regular
user, I don't know.)
Can you tell what sort of file it is (looking out for hidden/duplicate
extensions; I presume you have "hide extensions of known filetypes" or
whatever it is called, turned OFF, so you see ALL extensions). A .txt or
.bmp are likely to be safe; most Office formats (.doc[x], .xls[x]) have
the potential to contain dodgy macros. I _think_ .pdfs can contain code,
as can .jp[e]g images if viewed with a viewer that uses Microsoft
libraries before a certain date (it's a buffer overflow error that, I
think, IrfanView for example doesn't run). If it's a .bat, .com, or .exe
file, it's VERY likely to be dodgy (though if .bat, you can open it in
NotePad or similar to see what it contains).
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