No, you’ve not received a postcard from a family member

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Over the weekend there has been a new wave of attacks spammed out, spreading a version of the Bredo Trojan horse via malicious emails.

The emails claim to be an ecard from a family member, but opening the attachment can infect your computer with the Troj/Bredo-BS Trojan horse.

A typical email has the following characteristics:

Subject: You’ve received a postcard
Attached file: postcard.zip
Message body:
Good day.

Your family member has sent you an ecard
If you wish to keep the ecard longer, you may save it on your computer or take a print.
To view your ecard, open zip attached file.

This is clearly an old tactic to trick people into infecting their computers, but the reason why it’s so familiar is that it really does work.

There’s clearly a danger that some…

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.