Think you’ve won a MacBook Air? Beware email malware attack

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Apple’s super-skinny MacBook Air is one of the most desirable laptops on the planet – which means it’s not too surprising if criminals try and take advantage of its allure to infect unsuspecting computer users.

And that’s exactly what hackers are doing today in a malicious email campaign that has been spammed widely out across the internet.

Unsuspecting computer users may find an email with the subject line “Congratulations” in their inbox this morning, telling them that they “have won todays Macbook Air” and that they should open the attached file (called winner.zip) for more information.

Here’s the full text of the email:

Congratulations!! You have won todays Macbook Air.
Please open attached file and see datails.

Of course, in reality you haven’t one a competition, and there is no MacBook Air up for grabs. Instead, the hackers who spammed out the messages are hoping that the thought of winning a sexy laptop will be enough to make you open…

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.