Hacker Send Fake Amazon E-mails

A warning has been released about fake e-mails that claim to have come from Amazon and hit numerous people across the world.

As per the security software vendor 'Sophos,' they have discovered that the e-mails claim to have come from Amazon manager, showing gratitude for shopping with the company and informing them that they have ordered a Sony Bravia, as per the reports by ITPRO on July 13, 2010.

The e-mails contain the subject line - "Your order has been paid! Tracking NR: 26958-480." The message body reads as "Good morning, Thank You for shopping at Amazon.com! The company has successfully received the payment. The order has been shipped to the address mentioned in the bill. The ordered place for "Sony Bravia S3262" and its tracking number has been attached to the e-mail document. Take the print out of the postal label and get the package. We hope you enjoy your order! Maricela Ruffin, Amazon.

Graham Cluley, Senior Technology consultant, Sophos, stated that the mails carried a harmful attached file called AMAZON_LABEL_07_07-2010.zip that could make the user's system and social networking accounts vulnerable if clicked on, as per the reports by ITPRO on July 13, 2010.

The bogus e-mails contain a ZIP file which Sophos discovers as Mal/BredoZp-B and the code in it as Mal/Koobface-G.

Cluley stated that if any user was puzzled by some sudden e-mails in their inbox, he would surely open the e-mail in order to find out about its content - particularly if the user was concerned about his or her credit being incorrectly charged for some expensive TV hardware.

Moreover, Cluley claimed that this was not the latest method used by hackers. In the past too, there had been an instance wherein some harmful e-mails seeming to have come from Amazon shipment updates- an order for a Sony VAIO laptop computer, as per the news by SOPHOS on July 12, 2010.

Security experts have recommended that users should be careful of such mails that look suspicious and further asked users not to open or reply to unsolicited sources.

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