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Fake E-mails Masquerade as Missives from Hotel Atlantic, Cautions Sophos

According to security researchers from Sophos the security company, Internauts are suggested towards not clicking unsolicited e-mails which seem as arriving from the Tenby, Wales (U.K) based Atlantic Hotel.

Displaying a title "Fw: Atlantic Hotel," the spam mails, which seem as emanating from an e-mail id having the hotel's true domain-name i.e. atlantic-hotel.uk.com, tell the recipient that continuing from the telephone conversation between the hotel and him, an attachment is enclosed confirming his room reservation with the lodge. Atlantic Hotel therefore thanks him on account of the booking made and it remains towards welcoming him on March 20, 2013, the e-mail adds.

But, Sophos' researchers caution that rather than being a booking validation, the attachment in reality is a Trojan malware that the company detected as Troj/Agent-AAQY. When this particular Trojan contaminates any computer it makes the device vulnerable to hackers who remotely control it for stealing data from the hard drive of the affected system.

Clearly, the incident has disturbed Hotel Atlantic as it damages the lodge's reputation. Consequently, Atlantic has posted certain security advisory onto its website's top page.

It states that Atlantic's web address is presently getting utilized for 'spoofing' e-mails carrying one malware laced attachment whose suffix contains "booking confirmation.zip." The hotel knows about this and it's doing everything needed for countering the situation. Meanwhile, it's urging users to remove any e-mail that has attachments posing as being sent from the hotel since the server sourcing the e-mails is some other than that of the hotel.

Moreover, it's because of the above kind of spam scams which have resulted in an increase in e-mail junk online, remark researchers from Sophos. Their remark gets the backing of statistics that 'Eleven' another security company published recently that shows that spam amounts during February 2013 increased significantly at 92.2% over January same year depicting robust as also steady rise in undesirable and harmful e-mail messages all through the month.

Hence, for Internet-users remaining safe from such malevolent junk electronic mails Sophos suggests that they maintain their anti-virus solutions up-to-date along with give second thoughts prior to clicking on uninvited e-mail attachments.

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