Hi friend? Beware the spammed Trojan horse

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Many inboxes around the world will be seeing what appears to be an email from a friend this morning – and may be unaware that the attachment actually contains a malicious Trojan horse.

The emails, which have the subject line “hi friend”, are short and to the point:

Attached to the emails is a file, t658657.zip, which contains the Mal/EncPk-LE Trojan horse.

Of course, anyone with common sense would never have opened the unsolicited attachment in the unsolicited email in the first place. But sadly common sense isn’t very common when it comes to computer security – and chances are that there are people out there whose mouse finger will have got twitchy at the mere thought of an email, and opened the attachment in curiousity without thinking of the possible consequences.

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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.