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Enticing E-mails about Adam Yauch’s Demise Serve Malware

Trend Micro, the security company warns of one fresh malware scam that's circulating online, exploiting people's sympathy and inquisitiveness about Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys who died recently.

An American film director, song-writer and a rap musician, Adam Nathaniel Yauch was a human rights' advocate too. His best introduction, however, is that he was one of the founders of Beastie Boys the group of three.

Actually, investigators from Trend Micro discovered a sample e-mail, which made use of Yauch's death for luring end-users into taking down and viewing a given malevolent attachment. The e-mail apparently provided news, which some organization running on a no-profit basis sent, stating about the recent expiry of the music maker. The e-mail further consisted of an MS Doc file attached to it that was apparently the full tale about Adam Yauch.

When end-users take down as well as view the .DOC file, they in fact, run malicious software identified as TROJ_DROPPR.JET, which in turn installs more malware identified as TROJ_SWYSYN.SME, which likely links up with malevolent URLs.

The security company stated that the Adam Yauch attack must indicate to computer operators about being aware regarding celebrity news that were used as chief lures within online assaults.

Likewise attacks consisted of several click-jacking assaults serially which utilized the supposed passing away of Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston in separate scams.

The researchers in support of their saying brought to notice Amy Winehouse's fake demise as an instance wherein cyber-criminals through an attachment that massively exploited the celebrity news disseminated malware worldwide. During July 2011, Sophos an acclaimed security company stated that 5 videos in the minimum had been detected across websites for social engineering, which purported to display movie clippings about the last hours of Winehouse.

In the end, security researchers urged fans of Yauch to restrain from viewing malevolent attachments that seemingly arrived through e-mail. Moreover, according to them, Yauch admirers should utilize up to date anti-malware software on personal computers that spots as well as eliminates the associated malicious program, while blocking junk e-mails, coming with vicious files attached, through a sophisticated technology.

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