The Northwest Airlines malware attack

Graham Cluley

We’re seeing a Trojan horse being widely spammed out at the moment posing as an email from Northwest Airlines.

The emails have the following characteristics:

From: “Northwest Airlines” <>
Subject line: E-ticket #<randomnumber>
Attached file: or

Message body:


Thank you for using our new service “Buy Northwest Airlines ticket Online” on our website.
Your account has been created:

Your login: <email address>
Your password: <password>

Your credit card has been charged for $XXX.XX.
We would like to remind you that whenever you order tickets on our website you get a discount of 10%!
Attached to this message is the purchase Invoice and the Northwest Airlines ticket.
To use your ticket,…

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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.