Contract_05_07_2010.zip – all you’ll contract is a malware infection

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

SophosLabs is seeing another widespread malicious spam attack being sent to email addresses around the world. The emails, which have a malware-infected attachment called Contract_05_07_2010.zip, pretend to be a legal contract – however, opening the contents of the file could infect your Windows computer.

A typical email reads:

Subject: Permit for retirement

Message body:

Good day,
We have prepared a contract and added the paragraphs that you wanted to see in it.
Our lawyers made alterations on the last page. If you agree with all the provisions we are ready to make the payment on Friday for the first consignment.
We are enclosing the file with the prepared contract.
If necessary, we can send it by fax.
Looking forward to your decision.
"<name>

Attached file: Contract_05_07_2010.zip

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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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