Breaking news: Fake report of Fidel Castro’s death leads to malware attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Be on your guard if you receive an email seemingly from Chile’s “24 Horas” news website announcing the death of Fidel Castro, the former dictator of Cuba.

The spammed out messages, which are written in Spanish, look like the following:

The messages have a subject line of

Murio Fidel Castro

and the text inside the emails claims that the longtime Cuban dictator died in the afternoon at his home, and that officials claim that he was taken ill a few days ago after suffering a sudden heart attack.

Recipients are urged to click on the image to see a breaking news video report about Fidel Castro’s death.

Of course, if Castro was really dead (it’s believed that he has been in very poor health for some years) then it would be headline news on the likes of the BBC and CNN. But I haven’t seen any reports from those news outlets.

So don’t be fooled into clicking on the links in this email, as they will take your computer to a Trojan horse…

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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