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New Spam Mail Charges For IPod

On Tuesday, 29th August security company Sophos sent out a warning of a Trojan virus coming with spam mail charging recipients' for the purchase of an iPod, which actually they never bought.

According to Sophos the Trojan horse is called Troj/Dowdec-A, which accompanies e-mail message that talk about purchase of an Apple iPod. Copies of this e-mail are distributed to innocent receivers who are informed that the music players are being shipped to them through FedEx and that a price of $500 each has been debited to the recipients' e-gold accounts.

The spam mail has the subject line "Track your order". The content of the body message notifies the recipient that his order was accepted and the product was being shipped to the customer via FedEx '2 Day service, track 792531968828 (...)'. The mail gives details of the transaction and specifications of the chosen product in a self-extracting compressed zip file stating this -"The iPod is sent for the receiver by Yahoo shopping".

The spam mail also persuades the recipients to open a zipped attachment and urges to carefully read the details of the transaction and the specifications about the product and make sure about its given characteristics. Finally the mail appreciates the customer of his choice of the product.

As soon as the user executes this file it infects the computer with a Trojan horse that tries to download further malicious code from the Net. The particular Trojan horse works only on Windows operating systems. Sophos therefore warns people not to open the file named 'OrderInf.zip'.

Pointing to the defects in the spam mail, Graham Cluley senior technology consultant of Sophos says the spelling mistakes in the e-mail are indication to users that something is not quite right about the mail. Moreover receivers of such mail who did not have any e-gold accounts should understand the deception in the claim that $500 was being taken from their accounts.

Thus Sophos guards e-mail recipients of mails related to the purchase of an iPod as it brings along a hidden Trojan horse. People should practice safe computing, be careful of unsolicited e-mail attachments and should prevent external infiltration into Windows PCs.

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