Malware attack: ‘New resume: Please review my CV, Thank you!’

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

In the current economic climate many people may find themselves in the unfortunate position of having to look for a new job, and human resources departments around the world are probably becoming more used to finding ad-hoc applications arriving out of the blue in their email inboxes.

Well, if you receive an email claiming to be a resume (or CV as we usually call them here in the UK) you should exercise some caution, as there’s a malware attack currently being spammed out around the world – designed to infect your computer.

The emails, which are short and to the point, have the following characteristics:

Subject: New resume
Attached file: Resume_document_459.zip
Message body: Please review my CV, Thank you!

Hmm.. hardly the most convincing job application I’ve ever seen – they haven’t even given any clues as to which role they might be applying for. However, you or some of…

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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.