The dumbest malware attack I’ve seen this week

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

When you’ve been working any length of time in the computer security business, you get pretty used to hearing from folks that the guys who write the viruses must be “evil geniuses”.

Well, not all of them are that smart.

Take this attack, for instance, which I just spotted in one of our spam traps. It wins my award for the dumbest malware attack I’ve seen this week.

A Christmas card? In March? Hmm..

Okay, I’ll give the bad guys the benefit of the doubt. They do say Christmas comes earlier every year I suppose, so lets assume the hackers are just “getting in before the rush”.

Sophos detects the attached file (Christmas Card.zip) as Troj/CryptBx-ZP

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.