Forget Angelina, forget CNN headlines, we want Internet Explorer 7!

It’s a funny old business, social engineering.

In the past week or so we’ve seen Britney and Paris having fun together, CNN headlines of Michael Jackson being sued by his pet dog, and not to mention the numerous XXX-rated pictures of Angelina Jolie.

So, what do the bad guys do now?

Well, they’re not offering pictures of the hottest new starlet, or even breaking news from the Olympic Games (although that surely isn’t too far away..). No, they’re urging us to download a program that has been free to download from Microsoft’s website since October 2006.

As with earlier attacks, the actual link points to an executable file (detected by Sophos as…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.