Sleazy subject lines spammed out with malware

Would files with names like Love-Spots.bat,, and pique your interest? If so, your behaviour could be putting your computer’s security at risk.

Cybercriminals are spamming out a malicious Trojan horse in large numbers right now, using a variety of sleazy disguises to trick the unwary into opening the attachment.

Sleazy email subject lines

Subject lines include “SUMMER-2011: SEXY CITIES IN THE WORLD”, “LOVE BABE CITIES 2011” and the err.. rather less sexy “USPS Delivery Confirmation”.

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Opening the emails will see the seedy theme continue:

Sleazy emails

Here’s another example:

Sleazy emails

But don’t, whatever you do, opening the attached files. In reality it’s not a map of the world’s hottest women, or even a report of a failed parcel delivery. The attached file is a Trojan horse called Troj/Agent-RNY, designed to download further malicious code from the internet onto your Windows computer.

I can’t believe that anyone who receives these sleazy emails believes that they were intended to be sent to them. The recipients must know that they are either spam or have been accidentally sent to the wrong address.

So the question is this. Why oh why do people put their computer’s security at risk by opening the unsolicited attached files? Such dangerous behaviour doesn’t just put your own identity and the data held on your computer in peril, but it also opens up opportunities for malicious hackers to target other innocent internet users too.

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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