Spam Mails Promising Woman in Nude Disseminate Malware
According to Sophos the security company, some e-mails having a woman's naked pictures and hitting inboxes are malicious as they carry malicious software capable of contaminating recipients' computers. The company detected the e-mails first on February 22, 2011 since when they have been proliferating like wildfire.
Reportedly, the spam mails display the poorly spelled caption "Nake pics as you've requested." Also, they're from some woman called Emily who says that she desperately wants to have sex and incase the reader feels likewise then he can view her photograph, which she has provided in an attachment following which he can send an answer to arrange for a meeting.
But upon following the attachment, the user instead of finding the scandalous photograph gets malware that infects his system, Sophos observes.
Actually, the attachment contains Troj/FakeAV-IU a Trojan that tries to deceptively make the user purchase fake anti-virus software popularly called scareware. Scareware, notably, involves tricks that make the victim spend money for cleansing his PC off malware that's actually non-existent.
Remarked Senior Technology Consultant Graham Cluley at Sophos, the trick used in the above malicious e-mail was just very ancient and the message was similar to much familiar unsolicited e-mails that suddenly came presenting nude photos, apparently the writer's wife posed for, or Jennifer Lopez without clothes on, or a school lover having her hair tied in pigtails; however, all actually caused harm. Nakedsecurity.sophos.com published this on February 22, 2011.
Carrying on with his comment, Cluley stated that it was 2011 and time when everyone should have enough smartness for realizing the tricks and not become convinced with them anymore. An end-user getting such an e-mail should always question why anybody would dispatch it to him, whether a completely unknown person would ever write him online asking for sex, as also send him her pictures in nude in spite of never having any previous interaction with him, Cluley suggested.
Cluley bemoaned that computer technology was getting increasingly advanced; however, it appeared as though end-users continued to be Neanderthals in situations when they were fooled with plain social engineering tactics such as the above.
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