Death by PowerPoint? Kama Sutra presentation leads to backdoor infection

Graham Cluley
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Would your heart race at the sight of a file called Real kamasutra.pps.exe?

Would you think, “Oooh.. s.exe!” or would it be a turn off?

One piece of malware we saw earlier this week certainly hopes that you would be interested in a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating different sexual positions, and would be tempted into clicking.

Well, be careful what you do with that mouse.

The slides, which would probably raise an eyebrow if viewed in your office (thank heavens my monitor faces the wall) shows thirteen different ways to make love – some with fanciful names such as “The Frog”, “Wheelbarrow” and “Lyons Stagecoach”. And there I was thinking there were a lot of malware variants..

The malware comes as a file called Real kamasutra.pps.exe (the old double-extension trick). In other words, you may think you are directly opening a PowerPoint slideshow, but in fact you’re running an executable program.

The PowerPoint slide deck (which…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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