Bad tidings as Greeting_Card.zip spam spreads malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

SophosLabs are intercepting a major new malicious spam campaign which is disguising itself as a greeting card from “someone who cares about you”.

The messages, which have been sent to email addresses around the globe, typically read similar to the following:

Good afternoon,
You have just received a postcard Greeting from someone who cares about you..

Please find zip file with your Greeting Card attached to this mail!

Thank you for using www.Greetings.com services !!!
Please take this opportunity to let your friends hear about us by sending them a postcard from our collection !

The messages come complete with an attached ZIP file (Greeting_Card.zip) which contains a malicious payload, designed to infect Windows computers.

Subject lines being used in the campaign vary somewhat, but here are a few:

You have a new Greeting !!!

New Greeting for you!

Hey, you have a new…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.