Fraudulent Wire Transfer Emails Carry Malware

Wire transfer emails from the Habbo Hotel, LinkedIn and UPS are scams that carry a Trojan horse program that can allow the attackers to take over your computer remotely.  The attached .ZIP file contains the executable program.  The full story can be found on Sophos.

Email malware

Scams like these work because people want to believe that the unexpected “gift” of money is real.  Fortunately, the Trojan horse appears to be easily removed by most properly updated Internet Security products that are scheduled to run full system scans on a regular basis.  The best defense is a healthy dose of skepticism and paranoia when receiving these sorts of emails.  Please alert your less savvy computer friends about this attack, as it is on-going since Wednesday of this week.


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