Gift card from your friend? Beware spammed out malware attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals are attempting to infect email users by spamming out a malware attack, posing as a gift card from a friend.

SophosLabs has intercepted a malicious spam campaign that has hit inboxes around the world, with a Trojan horse attached as a .PIF file.

Subject: GIFT-CARD FOR YOU [number] Attached file: gift-card.pif

Message body:
Hello! You Received GiftCard From your Friend,
Check it in Attached

With Best Regards,
Giftcard.com

Another version, with slight wording and typographical differences, reads:

Subject: GIFT-CARD From Your Friend [number] Attached file: gift-card.pif

Message body:
Hi! You Received GiftCard From your Friend,

Check it in Attached
With Best Wishes,
giftCard.com

Many Windows users may not…

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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