Spammed-out Japanese Tsunami video links lead to malware attack

Experts at SophosLabs have intercepted a malware campaign that has been spammed out to users across the globe, posing as links to videos about the Japanese Tsunami.

Examples caught in Sophos’s network of spamtraps have used various different wording for the video links, including: “VIDEO: The village that escaped the tsunami”, “VIDEO: Struggle for normal life in Japan”, “VIDEO: Woman talks about tsunami escape”, and “Japan tsunami touches New Zealand”.

Fortunately the emails are pretty amateurishly assembled, as you can see in the following example, but such is the public’s interest in watching the news from Japan that some may be temped into clicking on the links out of curiousity.

The webpages linked to from the emails contains malicious Javascript (detected by Sophos as Troj/JSAgent-P)…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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