Email malware flying high

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals are spamming out a new malicious email campaign, posing as airline tickets.

In an attack which is similar to the contract malware we saw earlier this week and last week, the dangerous messages have a ZIP file attached to them (in this case named print-ticket.zip) which if opened will infect Windows users with a Trojan horse.

The emails claim that the recipient has registered an account with a well-known airline and that their credit card has been debited for hundreds of dollars.

Here is a typical example of one of the emails:

As well as US Airways, malicious emails have also been seen pretending to come from the likes of Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines, Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, AirTran Airways, Alaska Airlines, Northwest…

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.