A Trojan horse is being spammed out to e-mail addresses disguised as a breaking BBC news report claiming the death of former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
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The warning comes from internet security software firm Sophos. The Dloadr-ALM Trojan horse arrives attached to an e-mail purporting to come from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email, which claims that Berlusconi has been killed by an Israeli solider, can have a variety of subject lines including 'Berlusconi la morte', 'Berlusconi di terrorismo', 'Berlusconi Tragedia' and 'Berlusconi di omicidio'.
The attached files are called necfotos.zip, which contains an image of Berlusconi (silvio01.gif), and a malicious .pif file (silvio02.pif).
Launching the .pif file will execute malicious code on Windows-driven PCs.
Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said, “Anyone unfortunate enough to run this program risks allowing hackers to gain access to their computer to spy, steal and cause havoc.”
Berlusconi is of course alive and well.
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