Hackers disguise malicious email attack as news from MSNBC

The hacking gang who have been bombarding internet users’ inboxes worldwide with dangerous emails claiming to be breaking news from CNN, have changed their disguise.

They’ve shrugged off their CNN gabardine suit and put on a fur-lined MSNBC jacket instead.

Here is a typical example, claiming that Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor has been found murdered:

Other subject lines used in the widely-spammed email campaign include:

  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS: McCain told lies to win votes
  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS: Anthrax case solved
  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS: Preliminary polls for the election
  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS: Google launches free music downloads in China
  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS: Jerry Yang relinquishes control over Yahoo
  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS: Apple September show highly anticipated
  • msnbc.com – BREAKING NEWS:…

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