Watch_video.zip malware attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Heads up folks! There’s a major new malware attack happening right now.

Email messages are being spammed out with a variety of lurid x-rated subject lines. Attached to the emails is a file called watch_video.zip, which contains malware that (at the time of writing) is not being detected by most anti-virus products.

Here’s an example of a typical email:

I’m reliably informed that Joyce Oliveira is a Brazilian porn star. I can’t comment on whether she is in the habit of forgetting to wear her underwear or not. Emails with other subject lines can have different message bodies, albeit all of a similar pornographic nature.

In my examinations so far, I’ve found all of the messages (regardless of different subject lines and message bodies) contain the phrase:

Open attached file to watch video

Sophos is now detecting the ZIP file as Mal/BredoZp-B and the…

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.