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Spammers target 'guilty conscience' to get users to download malware

Commtech, an Israeli security firm, has detected spam that targets users with e-mails that impinge on their conscience to get them to download malware.

Commtech, an Israeli security firm, has detected spam that targets users with e-mails that impinge on their conscience to get them to download malware.

An excerpt from Network World:

“Preying on people’s guilty conscience with a virus is an ingenious trick of social engineering,” says Rebecca Steinberg Herson, Commtouch’s vice president of marketing. “The e-mail messages are written generically enough to fit almost every possible transgression one might wish to hide, ensuring people will open the attachments.”

Some common subject headings for the malware e-mails include “I’m monitoring you,” “You’re being watched” and “The tape of your conversation.” Commtouch says that the malware is sent in the form of a password-protected, compressed file that appears to be an MP3 sound file.

Users need to remain cautious when opening e-mail from unknown sources. The immediate impact of the malware was not known, but the firm added that they could be used to turn PCs into botnets.

5 comments
jdclyde
jdclyde

wouldn't you be curious if someone said they were recording you, in this day of identity theft and cyber stalking? Wouldn't you be concerned that someone could be doing the same, especially the foil hat wearing crowd that thinks the government is spying on the everyday citizen? Sounds more like taking a valid concern and adding sensational headlines to get attention. Jerry Springer show in your future?

pr.arun
pr.arun

Curiosity alone would not suffice for a click. The spam intends to capitalize on whether the user had anything to hide...

royhayward
royhayward

but I don't have much sympathy for these victims either. (I also don't have sympathy for those who click on viro-porn apps either.)

Jaqui
Jaqui

hmm lets see.. shi - sym - syp yup, it's between sh!t and syphillis in the dictionary.

Jaqui
Jaqui

Lucky for me on two counts then. 1) malware doesn't seem to be a problem for linux. :p 2) I have no concience when it comes to my actions, I don't hide them from public view to begin with.

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