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Windows Update leads to spam site (hus.parkingspa.com/hc3.asp) today

Today when trying to update one of my Microsoft Windows – Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, and clicking to More Information link, it led my browser to SPAM site (DO NOT VISIT IT!):
http://hus.parkingspa.com/hc3.asp - DO NOT VISIT IT!

Windows update KB2505438

It happens only for update – Update for Windows 7 for KB2505438, when you click on more info link, see the screenshot.

Here is a screenshot for that SPAM / domain squatter site:

Spam site from Windows Update


Why and how this happened?

It seems, that someone responsible for update links at Microsoft failed to enter correct Microsoft KB article address:
http://support.micrososft.com/kb/2505438 - DO NOT VISIT IT!

Correct address is:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2505438

At first it seemed like computer is infected by some virus / spyware, but it is not a case.

UPDATE:
While I was writing this, Microsoft have already fixed this.

UPDATE 2:
Other people noticed this too:

Windows Update Agent downloaded and installed itself automatically

Today I noticed that Windows Update looks different (larger icons – different UI). It was strange, because I didn’t installed any updates and I have selected ‘Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them’ under ‘Change Settings’ under ‘Windows Update Control Panel’.

I searched web and found that this have happened before for ‘Windows Update Agent 7.2.6001.784’ and now for ‘Windows Update Agent 7.4.7600.226’. This proces is explained in Microsoft Update Product Team Blog post Upcoming Update to Windows Update dated 2008/07/03.

Occasionally, we must update the infrastructure of Windows Update in order to ensure a high level of service quality, reliability, and operation.

Anytime the Windows Update agent is turned on, Windows Update will take care of updating itself. Windows Update is considered “on” when anything other than “Never check for updates” or “Turn off Automatic Updates” is selected. What this means is that if you’ve selected “install updates automatically,” the update to the Windows Update client will install automatically. You may also notice that Windows Update will also automatically download and install updates necessary for the Windows Update client to function properly if you’ve chosen a different setting, like setting 2 (“Automatically Download Updates”) or setting 3 (“Automatically Check for Updates”). This is done in order to ensure that a system will continue to notify the user about available updates.

The Windows Update client does not download or install infrastructure updates if the user has selected setting 4 (“Off”). In other words, if a Windows Vista user selects “Never check for updates,”( or if a Windows XP user selects “Turn off Automatic Updates”), the user will not receive Windows Update client infrastructure updates unless they choose to manually install it from Windows Update.