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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Swine Flu Spam Carries Malicious Payload

Symantec Security Response is reporting of a document entitled "Swine influenza frequently asked questions.pdf" which is showing up in e-mail in-boxes and being used to drop malware on computers when opened. The file, known now as Bloodhound.Exploit.6, utilizes an old Adobe vulnerability to drop a malicious "infostealer" file on the user's computer. "We see so many of those and all they're doing is they're trying to steal your personal information, like you're credit card number, your online bank credentials," Marc Fossi, manager of security response at Symantec, said Wednesday. The best defense of course is to avoid opening e-mail attachments and to keep your software patch levels up.

Source: CBC