Scarlett Johansson spills boobs, viewer gets Trojan
We've all seen the emails throughout the years, but are people still falling for the age-old trick?
According to PandaLabs, an international virus research network, its malware analysis and detection laboratory has found that a series of junk emails are promising erotic pictures of celebrities Scarlett Johansson, Shakira and Rihanna as bait to help spread the Agent.IMB Trojan.
The emails, said to carry subject titles such as "naked Shakira clip", "Rihanna exposed" and "Scarlett Johansson spills boobs", include a link which when clicked, downloads the Trojan to the users computer.
Panda Security states that although this method of virus-spreading is nothing new, it must be proving to remain highly effective as many cyber-crooks are still using the same traps to lure unsuspecting, and dare we say it, horny users.
Dominic Hoskins, Country Manager, Panda Security UK, said:
"Although malware dynamics have largely changed towards financial gain in recent months sensational headlines and pictures of celebrities are often used by malware creators to distribute malicious codes. This is a surprisingly effective technique especially when it comes to celebrity baits".
PandaLabs advises users not to open any such e-mail messages. We wholeheartedly agree, but having read all this, you're no doubt disappointed with the lack of "exposure" or "spills", so we thought we'd give you a little taster in return for your time.
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