Beware: “Your Photos” Email

Atsign dollarsignsA recent NakedSecurity.Sophos.com article reports that a vicious “malware attack has been spammed out widely via email to Internet users, posing as a message about photos.”

The attack’s payload is the Blackhole exploit kit, a vicious and self-protecting malware controller which injects the following malware onto computers:

Fake AV (scareware); Zeus banking malware; Ransomware; and rootkits. These malware have the effects ranging from taking over control of you computer and extorting money to gain back control to stealing money from your bank accounts and wiring it to foreign bank accounts owned by cyber crime organizations. The developers of the Blackhole exploit kit are Russian.

Here is an example of the email containing the Blackhole kit:

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If you receive an email like this, don’t click on the attachment. As stated above, in this particular email attack, you must click on the “attachment” to activate the exploit kit and have the malware payload injected onto your computer. And don’t be surprised if the sender is someone you know; that’s an often used technique by this type of malware.

Be very careful…it’s dangerous out there.

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Remember, personal computing is a blast…keep it productive and enjoyable.

Best regards,

Paul

paulsinternetsecurity(at)yahoo.com

I’m also on Twitter, @PaulsInternet.

Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net and FreeByte.com

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2 Comments

Filed under Cybercrime, Internet Security, malware, Warning

2 responses to “Beware: “Your Photos” Email

  1. This so Very scary, but true

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