Danger lurks in private dick’s interesting photos

Have you received an email from someone claiming to be a private detective working on your behalf today? Well, don’t click on the attachment.

Private detective email

We’ve intercepted a malicious campaign that has been spammed out in the form of emails claiming to come from a private detective who has found some “interesting photos” proving “evidence of your suspicions”.

Of course, this is all a ruse to get you to open the attached file called DC07 (No Comments).zip

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Inside the ZIP, however, you won’t find proof that your husband has been philandering but the Troj/Agent-JBR Trojan horse.

As you can see in the screenshot of the email above, this isn’t the most convincing confidence trick ever conceived with apparent evidence that the hackers failed to merge in the user’s name properly (“#TO_NAME” indeed!”), but who knows if they might get more competent in the future.

And it wouldn’t be surprising if some people do let curiousity get the better of them, and open the attachment without thinking of the dangerous consequences.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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