Breaking news malware turns generic, exploits conflict in Georgia

Graham Cluley
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In recent weeks we have seen malicious email campaigns posing as breaking news stories from the likes of CNN and MSNBC.

The latest campaigns still use eye-catching headlines but have the generic subject line of “Weekly top news” and don’t claim to come from a legitimate news organization. Is this a sign that the CNN/MSNBC disguises weren’t working well enough for the bad guys?

In the example below, the headline refers to the conflict between Russia and Georgia in South Ossetia, and specifically an incident from 10 August when journalists from Russian news station NTV and Turkish agency Kanal Turk found…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.