Beauty and the Geek malware attack spammed out

Hackers are spamming out malware-infected emails, tricking recipients into believing that they are being invited to enter auditions for the reality TV show “Beauty and the Geek”.

The show, which pairs together beautiful (but perhaps slightly dim) women with intelligent (but possibly rather dorky and socially inept) males, is a worldwide hit – matching the likes of Playboy models and cocktail waitresses with astro-physicists and IT security bloggers.

Of course, some fame and a cash prize is probably enough to attract many to consider appearing on the TV programme.

But an email being widely spammed out, claims to be looking for new recruits for the US show.

Part of the email, which has the subject line “Beauty and the Geek 2”, reads:

So… I’m looking for geeks all over USA. They need to be highly intelligent and shy/nervous around girls etc

All the contestants genuinely had an amazing time last year and are actively recommending it to their mates this…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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