Be careful opening bikini screensavers – malware hides inside

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals have spammed out a malicious Trojan horse, via an email claiming to offer season’s greetings and photographs of a woman wearing a bikini.

As many people return to their desks following the holiday break, there is a danger that they will find a dangerous email lurking inside their inbox alongside the regular mountain of spam.

In the following example, intercepted by SophosLabs, the malicious email claims to come from Selma. (Or is it Gretchen?)

Subject: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Ciao mia cara!
Come stai? Come promesso, ecco le mie foto bikini. Spero che sarà love it!
Questo è il mio umile dono per il nuovo anno! Ci vediamo più tardi :)
Il tuo amore Selma
01.01.2013 16:04:43

Here’s another example, claiming to be a belated Christmas greeting…

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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