Danger lies in bogus emails claiming to be from DHL and Facebook

Graham Cluley

Malicious hackers are posing as DHL and social networking site Facebook in their latest attempts to infect computers with malware. Today we are seeing widespread spam campaigns being cannoned around the world, posing as messages from the companies.

However, files attached to the emails carry Trojan horses that can allow cybercriminals to comandeer your computer for their own purposes.

A typical email reads as follows:


The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel by your address.
Cause: Error in shipping address.

You may pickup the parcel at our post office personaly.

Please attention!
The shipping label is attached to this e-mail.
Print this label to get this package at our post office.

Please do not reply to this e-mail, it is an unmonitored mailbox!

Thank you,
DHL Services.

You would have hoped that a genuine message from DHL would have at…

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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.