How a free breakfast day at McDonalds can lead to malware danger

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

I don’t know if you’re the sort of person who wakes up in the morning, and the first thing you long for is a McDonalds’ breakfast – but if you are, you might just be exactly what malware authors are looking for.

Researchers at SophosLabs have seen a malicious email that has been spammed out across the world in the last couple of days pretending to come from McDonalds.

The email claims that the fast-food giant is offering free breakfasts in each and every of their many thousands of restaurants around the globe. Chances are that there are many people who would love the prospect of munching on a McDonalds first thing in the morning.

Part of the email reads as follows:

McDonalds invites you to The Free Breakfast Day which will take place on 26 June, 2011, in every cafe of ours.

Free Day’s menu!
– Ranch Snack Wrap (Crispy)
– Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips
– Premium Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken…

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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