My naked pic is attached - malware spammed out

Filed Under: Malware, Spam

Are you in the habit of having complete strangers email you naked pictures of themselves?

That's the only reason I can think of that you can legitimately explain why your computer has been infected by the latest malware attack that has been spammed out around the world.

Users are seeing messages in their inbox, which attempt to trick recipients into opening the attached file with the promise of a nude photo.

My naked picture is attached malicious email

The messages read

I love wild sex and looking for a discreet partner.
I have my picture attached to this email. Take a look at it and get back if you like what you see.

and have the subject line "my naked pic is attached".

Sure enough, there is a file attached to the emails (it's called picture.zip) but it isn't a potential sex partner who is contacting you. Instead, the attachment contains a fake anti-virus attack - designed to con you into believing that your computer has a barrage of security problems, and fool you into handing over your credit card details.

Sophos products detect the fake anti-virus as Mal/FakeAV-JO and the ZIP file as Mal/BredoZp-B.

Hopefully most people will think with their brains and not with their trousers, and not be tempted into opening the attachment. However, experience has shown that even a malicious attack as obvious as this is likely to capture some unwary computer users.

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3 Responses to My naked pic is attached - malware spammed out

  1. Bjørn Froberg · 1297 days ago

    Shouldn't the worry here be that people think with what's covered by their trousers, and not the actual trousers themselves?

    Then again, one never knows with you Brits. You may have invented the "Smart pants"! (I'd wager Mr. Bond owns a pair at least.)

  2. 411 NY · 1284 days ago

    Just got this today and had to laugh. It was forwarded to an alias I don not use anymore.

  3. alexander mcinnes · 1050 days ago

    How do you send photos and videos containing nudity to a partner. I have read so much about this happening but have never found out how it is done

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