Exposed: CNN Top Ten video malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Nicolai from the Canadian branch of SophosLabs has blogged about the malicious email campaign we have been seeing in our spamtraps.

The emails look just like CNN’s breaking news alert service, and internet users may be fooled into clicking on the links and being taken to dangerous website rather than the genuine CNN site. Once there, computer users are encouraged to download an executable file to view the video and that, of course, is a Trojan horse.

Customers using Sophos’s email and web gateway solutions are protected against the campaign, and the malware is proactively detected as Mal/EncPk-DA.

Here is a short video I made this morning, exposing the disguise used in these emails and their dangerous payload:

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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.