I wondered why a newsletter from “Windows Secrets” got flagged as spam. It is because they have reduced themselves to as much.
Near the top of the newsletter it proclaimed:
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Now, this is actually a paid advertisement, but the information is blatantly misleading. The Conficker worm did not go active on April 1. The Conficker worm has been active for months. On April 1 the Conficker worm changed an algorithm, that’s all. The Conficker worm is not one of the worst viruses in history. The worm is one of the most wide spread, but it is not known to have stolen data, as many threats have done. Conficker is not known to have sent spam. Conficker has not been confirmed as participating in DDOS for extortion attacks. Conficker has not been implicated in identity theft or credit card fraud.
When WindowsSecrets.com is willing to publish such sad hype and misleading information for a few bucks, you have to question the validity of any information they publish.
ParetoLogic is a Checkmark certified product, but their blatantly inaccurate and misleading hype is an embarrassment to the entire security industry.
Director of Technical Education
Author ESET Research, We Live Security