Broken English email can lead to an infected PC

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

We’ve been seeing a fair number of emails in our traps today, written in rather poor English:

Hello, you remember me? We with you had a rest, here about which I told photos to you, see attach zip file

Attached to the email (which has the subject line “Greetings”) is a file called document.zip.

If you’re a regular reader of the Clu-blog then you should know the drill by now. It would be risky to open the email attachment as it’s bound to contain malware, right?

Bingo. You got it. In this case Sophos identifies the Trojan threat as Mal/EncPk-LE or Troj/ZipMal-F.

But there are some folks out there, some of whom may be friends or business colleagues of yours, who don’t have your Peter Parker-style spider-sense and don’t have alarm bells ringing in their head when an unsolicited attachment arrives accompanied by some glaring grammatical errors.

Indeed, they…

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.