Cybercriminals are attempting to infect the computers of internet users, via a spammed-out email that has a malware-infected file attached. Computer users are being warned to be wary of email messages which suggest they contain nude photographs of girlfriends, or claim that they have been reported to the police, as the attached file (Photo.zip) really contains a Trojan horse.
There are many different subject lines being used in the malware campaign, including:
- These pictures should be taken down immediately.
- You can’t say I haven’t warned you now enjoy the consequences.
- The police investigation is under way now. You’ll be really sorry about what you have done.
- The criminal investigation against you has started. Grave privacy violation is a serious thing.
Here are some examples of what the emails look like, each with a file called Photo.zip attached.
Subject: Let’s put this behind us once and for all I know you broke into my email.
Message body: Hate to bother you I have a proof that you broke into my email and stole my private photos and financial information. It can be clearly seen in the files attached to this message. If you don’t respond within 48 hours I will have to report you.
Subject: How can you be so cruel to me? I’ll have to react and destroy you.
Message body: Hate to bother you This is quite crazy but someone sent me a nude picture of your girlfriend. Is seems to be her in attachent right? We’ll have to track down the bastard who do it I can help you!
Subject: Your private photos are there for anyone to see. why??
Message body: Sorry to disturb you Someone sent me thee pictures they seem to be from you and your boyfriend I’m really troubled by this why do you send your private naked photos around?? this is beyound my understanding. It’s in attachment
Subject: I can assure you you’re in deep sh*t now over those photos. You know what I mean.
Message body: Hello there I got to admint your GF has a nice butt:) I just don’t know how these photos leaked online. I don’t think your GF in in adult business isn’t she?? anyway I received this picture from three of mine FB buddies today. It’s in attachment
Subject: You’ll reap just what you sow! You’ll be really sorry about what you’ve done to me.
Message body: Hello I always considered you to be my buddy but after that I’ll have to try to destroy you. You ruined my life! Why did you have to put these photos online?? I reported you to the police check the attachment
Subject: This has the potential to ruin you completely.
Message body: Hate to bother you This is quite crazy but someone sent me a nude picture of your girlfriend. Is seems to be her in attachent right? We’ll have to track down the bastard who did it I can help you!
You can just imagine how some folks would react if they received one of these emails. Many would probably open the attachment – either out of curiosity or concern – and could end up having their Windows computer infected as a result.
Please remember to always be suspicious of unsolicited emails, and keep your security software updated.