Hotel booking confirmation emails aim to infect your computer. Watch out!

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Be on your guard against emails that claim to be about a hotel booking that you never made – you could be putting your computer at risk of infection by malware.

Emails have been spammed out claiming to be a confirmation from the booking.com website about a hotel reservation.

Chances are that if you received an email like the following you would be at the very least curious, and might be tempted to click on the attached file.

A typical email reads:

Subject: [Fwd: Hotel booking confirmation 2930566265]

Attached file: Hotel_Reservation_Booking_Com_52524658ID.zip

Message body:

Booking confirmation 8356693431

Date: Tuesday , 29 May ‘2012

Dear,

We have received a reservation for your hotel.

Please refer to attached file now to acknowledge…

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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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