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Clever Virus Attack

Just received this e-mail message, with an attachment entitled “schneier@counterpane.com.” The file is really an executable .com file, presumably one harboring a virus. Clever social engineering attack, and one I had not seen before.

From: ((some fake address))

To: schneier@counterpane.com

Subject: Message could not be delivered

Dear user schneier@counterpane.com,

Your email account has been used to send a huge amount of spam messages during the last week. Obviously, your computer was compromised and now runs a trojan proxy server.

Please follow our instruction in the attached file in order to keep your computer safe.

Virtually yours,
counterpane.com user support team.

Posted on November 1, 2004 at 11:44 AMView Comments

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Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.