Beware ‘Your log 05.07.2010’ emails – they carry malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Malicious hackers are spamming out emails around the world disguised as a changelog, with the intention of infecting recipient’s Windows computers with the attachment.

A typical email reads as follows, although there can be minor variations in the message body:

Subject: Your log 05.07.2010

Message body:
Dear Customers,
as promised your changelog is attached,
<name>

Attached file: Changelog_05_07_2010.zip

The emails, by the way, are always signed off by the first name of the person who is mentioned in the message’s from: field. That field is, of course, forged – it’s not really that person who sent you the email so don’t blame them if you get infected!

Clearly the attachment’s filename has been chosen to make the email seem more timely, and the hackers are banking on users who receive the message being inquisitive enough to open the file to see what…

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.

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