Malicious contracts spammed out by hackers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

All of us know how easy it is to accidentally send an email to the wrong address. If two people in your address book have similar names then your email client might make it all too simple to send a message to the wrong one.

For instance, I work with Carole, but a simple slip of the fingers or not reading carefully enough might mean I drop a note to Carla Bruni instead. (In my dreams..)

And it’s this kind of common inccident that cybercriminals are exploiting when they launch an attack like the one we are currently seeing in our worldwide network of traps.

This is a significant attack – the malicious emails are being spammed out enmasse to computers around the globe, claiming to contain contracts for the unsuspecting recipient to approve.

A typical message reads:

Dear ladies and…

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.