Dirty bomb news report leads to PC infection

Dmitry from our Vancouver offices has covered this in some detail on the SophosLabs blog, but I thought it was worth sharing with a wider audience.

Hackers are spamming out emails posing as breaking news stories about a bomb blast in your city, in the hope that you will follow the link and infect yourself with malware.

The emails, which have subject lines like “Why did it happen in your city?”, “Take Care!”, “Are you and your friends in good health?”, claim that 18 people have been killed in an explosion and link to what appears to be a Reuters-related news website.

However, clicking on the link takes you to a dangerous website whose only intention is to infect your Windows PC with malicious code. Clicking on what appears to be a video about the breaking news story actually leads to a malicious download.

Part of the text of the website designed to fool the unwary into believing the story to be true, reads as…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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