James Brown bread

Fraser Howard, one of the principal virus researchers at SophosLabs, has blogged about a new malware campaign that has been spammed out using sensationalist subject lines to lure people into clicking on a link to a malicious website.

Email subject lines like “Elton John dies in a rocket ship”, “Pope killed by assasin (sic) in Vatican City” and “Freak accident causes Tom Cruise to be paralysed” might be enough for some people to be tempted to click on the link for more information, but not me – and hopefully not you.  After all, this isn’t a novel trick for the bad guys, they have been using this kind of social engineering hustle for years.

But one subject line did stand out for me amongst all the others: “James Brown dies of heart attack”.

What the hackers are trying to do in this case, is lure fans of the Godfather of Soul into wanting to click on the link,…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.