Malicious messages of love spammed out by hackers

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

You should be wary of unsolicited messages of love that arrive in your email inbox. That’s the warning I’m issuing following a malicious campaign orchestrated by cybercriminals that is hitting email systems around the world as I type.

Emails which use a variety of romantic subject lines and message bodies are designed to tempt unwary users into opening the attached file.

However, opening the file (which is named open.zip) could lead to your computer becoming infected by malware, which could give hackers access to your PC.

Subjects used in the attacks include:

  • You make me… a very happy…my love
  • I think… our relationship is beautiful.
  • This love note is very happy thought, and it is so true.
  • I love… to hold you in my arms.
  • I love you…I love us.
  • I long… to be near you.
  • When I am with you, … I never want to leave.
  • You don’t have to be…

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.