Hei Man: Scandinavian spam attack spreads Trojan horse

Graham Cluley
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Sophos is intercepting a malicious spam attack, which attempts to infect recipient’s computers with a Trojan horse by pretending to contain images of the Scandinavian sender.

Here is what a typical malicious email looks like:

Subject: Hei Man,
From: “Facebook”<[email protected]>
Attached file: Image123.zip

Message body:
Hei Man,

Jeg vet ikke hvordan jeg skal si det, men jeg har prшvde fшr en lang tid til е sende deg noen bilder, men jeg har tenkt at du ikke er interessert i е se meg.
Men nе skal jeg sende deg bilder i vedlegg.
Last ned bilder og trekke ut de, er jeg sikker pе at du vil like de. Passordet er: 123456< Ha en flott dag.

The message, which appears to be written in Norwegian, roughly translates to:

Hey Man,

I do not know how to say it, but I have tried for a long time to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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