Naked pictures from Emily carry fake anti-virus surprise

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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It’s 8:30am. You stumble into work half asleep and slouch at your desk. You boot up your computer.. tick tick tick. It runs its system diagnostics and you see the Windows logo lurch into view.

Umpteen programs (half of which you’ve forgotten what they do) start up in your system tray, and you automatically click on your email inbox. More whirring, wheezing and hissing..

Slowly your inbox comes into view and you find an email, from a young woman called Emily.

Subject: nake pics as you've requested

Message body:
I am hungry for sex. If you feel the same then take a look at my picture I am attaching to this email and reply back so we could hook up.

Attached file: pic.scr

Suddenly you perk up! Bonjour!

It's a trick as old as time, of course. Unsolicited emails, arriving out of the blue, offering you pictures of the sender's...

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.

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