Photo.zip – Stolen nude photos and police investigations. Malware attack spammed out

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals are attempting to infect the computers of internet users, via a spammed-out email that has a malware-infected file attached.

Computer users are being warned to be wary of email messages which suggest they contain nude photographs of girlfriends, or claim that they have been reported to the police, as the attached file (Photo.zip) really contains a Trojan horse.

There are many different subject lines being used in the malware campaign, including:

  • These pictures should be taken down immediately.
  • You can’t say I haven’t warned you now enjoy the consequences.
  • The police investigation is under way now. You’ll be really sorry about what you have done.
  • The criminal investigation agains you has started. Grave privacy violation is a serious thing.

Here are some examples of what the emails look like, each with a file called Photo.zip attached…

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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