The dumbest malware attack I've seen this week

Filed Under: Malware, Spam

When you've been working any length of time in the computer security business, you get pretty used to hearing from folks that the guys who write the viruses must be "evil geniuses".

Well, not all of them are that smart.

Take this attack, for instance, which I just spotted in one of our spam traps. It wins my award for the dumbest malware attack I've seen this week.

Christmas malicious ecard attack, sent in March

A Christmas card? In March? Hmm..

Okay, I'll give the bad guys the benefit of the doubt. They do say Christmas comes earlier every year I suppose, so lets assume the hackers are just "getting in before the rush".

Sophos detects the attached file (Christmas as Troj/CryptBx-ZP


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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley