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Sleazy Online Dating Emails Carry Malware

Outline
Series of sleazy emails purporting to be from an adult orientated website, claim that recipients can view photographs of available girls by opening an attached file.



Brief Analysis
The emails are designed to tempt interested recipients into opening the attached file in the hope of seeing titillating photos of willing young women. In fact, the attachment contains a trojan horse that can allow criminals to remotely connect to the infected computer.

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Detailed analysis and references below example.



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Last updated: 8th September 2011
First published: 8th September 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Subject: Hello. It's your naughty little girl.

You are currently registered as: adultloveline. com

- Age: 26

- Neme: Celeste

- Seeking: A male. Group 18-44

- Status: ONLINE

- Service: adultloveline. com 9794 Girls Currently Online

- Fotos: 7 fotos in attached file.

- Title: "I\'m all yours to please

I can bring in a bit of sunshine, spice, enthusiasm and suspense in your life. I want to you to see and feel it. So are you ready? "




Detailed Analysis
A series of emails purporting to be from various "adult" websites is currently being distributed. Details in the emails vary, but all claim to contain details about apparently willing and available young women who wish to make contact with the recipients. The messages, which appear to be aimed primarily at red-blooded males, claim that recipients can view photographs of the profiled girls by opening an attached file. The titillating tone of the text implies that the supposed photographs may be sexually enticing to the above mentioned red blooded males, thereby further increasing the likelihood that at least some will open the attachments without due care and attention.

However, the attachments do not contain photographs of girls, enticing or otherwise. Instead, the attachments contain a malicious trojan horse. If installed, this trojan can allow cybercriminals to take control of the infected computer, steal personal information and download and install further malware. The example shown above is just one in a large number of variants of the malware emails. Subject lines vary as do the names of the "girls", the number of images supposedly contained in the attachment and other details.

Users should be cautious of any email that purports to be from an adult dating website and contains a profiles of a girl supposedly available for online dating. If you receive one of these emails, do not open any attachments that it may contain. Do not follow any links in the messages because they may open malicious websites.

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References
Sleazy slutty emails bombard inboxes, carrying malware



Last updated: 8th September 2011
First published: 8th September 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer