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Already Gone To Hospital Malware Email

Summary:
Threatening email claims that the sender will find you and cripple you and states that another person involved has already gone to hospital (Full commentary below).



Status:
False - Link in message leads to malicious website

Example:(Submitted, April 2008)
Subject: she has already gone to hospital!...

Hello,

Listen to me carefully, i don't know what your name is, but i'll find you and i'll cripple you, because this is you who tempted her!!! She has already gone to hospital, you're next, this is evidence:

[Link to malware site removed]




Commentary:
Inboxes are being hit by a threatening email that tries to entice recipients to click an included link. The message claims that the sender is going to find them and cripple them as revenge for something they have done - perhaps for an insult, indiscretion or betrayal. It warns that, "she", presumably the other person also targeted for revenge, has already gone to hospital and claims that the recipient can see the evidence by following a link included in the message.

However, these claims are untrue. Although such a threatening message may be quite intimidating to some recipients, it is not being specifically directed at individuals. Instead the message is randomly distributed to large numbers of people and is designed only to fool the user into opening a malicious website. Clicking the link opens a pornographic image in the user's browser and attempts to download a malicious program to his or her computer.

Malware emails like this try to use fear as a means of tricking people into inadvertently infecting their computers. Some recipients may believe that they are in real danger and therefore be panicked into clicking the link, ostensibly to find out more information. If you receive this email or one similar to it, do not click on any links in the message or open any attachments.

Note:
The exact nature of the malware and what it actually does on the infected computer is currently unclear. However, I will update this article with more information as soon as possible.


References:
She has already gone to hospital!

Last updated: 24th April 2008
First published: 24th April 2008

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen

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