My naked pic is attached – malware spammed out

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Are you in the habit of having complete strangers email you naked pictures of themselves?

That’s the only reason I can think of that you can legitimately explain why your computer has been infected by the latest malware attack that has been spammed out around the world.

Users are seeing messages in their inbox, which attempt to trick recipients into opening the attached file with the promise of a nude photo.

The messages read

I love wild sex and looking for a discreet partner.
I have my picture attached to this email. Take a look at it and get back if you like what you see.

and have the subject line “my naked pic is attached”.

Sure enough, there is a file attached to the emails (it’s called picture.zip) but it isn’t a potential sex partner who is contacting you. Instead, the attachment contains a fake anti-virus attack – designed to con you into believing that your computer has a barrage of security problems, and fool you into…

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.

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