[Dshield] FW: Windows 9x Security Update Beta Invite

Michael Leone loki at psu.edu
Sat Dec 6 01:29:09 GMT 2003

Looks like scam/bullcrap to me.

At 04:15 PM 12/5/2003, you wrote:
>I received this today.
>Is this legit or what?????
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Msbmail2 at microsoft.com [mailto:Msbmail2 at microsoft.com]
>Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 3:58 PM
>To: My email
>Subject: Windows 9x Security Update Beta Invite
>This information is confidential.
>Microsoft would like to invite you to participate in the Windows Security
>Update beta program.  Microsoft is considering developing a CD that will
>provide the critical security updates found on the Windows Update website
>for computers running Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition, Windows ME
>(Millennium Edition). This security update CD will be of special benefit to
>customers with slow internet connections and for those customers who
>typically do not visit the Microsoft website to download updates for their
>For preliminary testing, we would like to ensure that the older machines,
>specifically those running Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition & Windows
>ME (Millennium Edition) installed, will be compatible with all of the
>critical security updates included on the CD. To accomplish this, we would
>appreciate your assistance in participating in our one time beta program.
>Our goal is to have a well targeted group of testers willing to actively
>participate and provide useful feedback to our development team.  Your
>feedback will be critical to the success of our product.
>If you are selected as a technical beta tester, you may be required to:
>·       Participate in private beta newsgroups
>·       Submit bug reports online
>·       Complete periodic surveys hosted on BetaPlace to obtain your input on
>various technical issues
>Before you continue, it is important to understand that the beta release of
>any product will not display the stability of a shipped Microsoft product.
>You may encounter problems with this beta CD that could possibly result in a
>loss or destruction of data.  This release is not appropriate for production
>use, and we suggest that you back up your existing data before you install
>and run this software.
>If you are interested in participating, please use this special guest
>account below to access a nomination survey on http://www.BetaPlace.com
><http://www.betaplace.com/>. Note: Using a personal or previously-assigned
>BetaID will not grant you access to the survey.
>1.      Log on to www.betaplace.com
>2.      Sign in using your .net passport
>3.      Select - "If you were issued a Guest ID by Microsoft, you can sign 
>in by
>clicking here"
>4.      Enter the guest ID: betaupdate (case sensitive)
>5.      Select the "Windows Security Update" program
>6.      Select "Survey"
>7.      Then select "Windows Security Update Beta Nomination"
>8.      Fill in the required information and Submit.
>Guest Access Account
>Guest Beta ID: betaupdate
>The Beta Nomination Survey will be available until Sunday December 7th.
>Participants will be chosen based on the survey results. You will only be
>contacted if you are selected to participate.  Thank you and we look forward
>to hearing from you.
>Please direct all questions to wincdup at microsoft.com
><mailto:wincdup at microsoft.com>
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