Michael Jackson “secret songs” e-mail poison, says Sophos


Michael Jackson “secret songs” e-mail poison, says Sophos

Warwick Ashford

An e-mail claiming to contain a link to "secret songs and photos" of Michael Jackson is one of the latest malware spam attacks to exploit the singer's death, says security firm Sophos.

Just eight hours after Jackson's death, cybercriminals unleashed the first wave of related spam, and the security firm has reported several spam attacks, scams and malware associated with the singer in the past week.

The latest spam e-mail (shown below) appears to come from sarah@michaeljackson.com with the subject "remembering Michael Jackson".

However, it contains a link to an attached zip file, which will infect a user's computer with a mass-mailing worm if opened, warns Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

"Opening the attachment exposes you to infection - and if your computer is hit you will be spreading the worm onto other internet users," said Cluley.

The Mal/ZipMal-B and Mal/VB-AD malware is also capable of spreading as an Autorun component on USB memory sticks, he warned.

Interest in Jackson has long been exploited by cybercriminals, said Cluley.

In 2004, a Trojan horse was spammed out claiming to contain photographic evidence of Jackson abusing a young boy.

The following year a malware campaign was spammed out claiming to contain breaking news that the music superstar had committed suicide.

Earlier this year, scammers managed to advertise their offers on Jackson's official website promoting his planned concerts at the O2 in London later this year.

Michael Jackson spam e-mail containing virus

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