DHL International Delivery email? Beware widespread malware attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Why should malware authors show any creative flair and imagination? There’s no need, after all, if tried and trusted methods of infecting computers still work.

Take, for instance, the widespread malware campaign that has been spammed out across the internet today, posing as an email from DHL.

A typical email has a subject line of “DHL Express Parcel Tracking notification [random code]” or “DHL Express Tracking Notification ID [random code]” or “DHL International Notification for shipment [random code]”

The emails read similar to the following:

Hello Dear,

DHL Express Tracking Notification: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:14:55 +0200

Custom Reference: 9057425-HRIEI2E4Q8C
Tracking Number: UT09-2041042911
Pickup Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 12:14:55 +0200
Service: AIR/GROUND
Pieces: 2

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.

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