Web users are being warned about a widely spammed e-mail teaser promising a trailer of the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End’, and the chance of free tickets.
The e-mail, which contains the familiar skull-and-crossbones logo of the film franchise, has been targeted at movie-goers in Europe and North America, said internet security software firm Sophos.
Rather than a trailer, the e-mail has a copy of the Troj/Yar-A Trojan horse attached. If cinema fans run the attached file they are shown a fake error message and the Trojan horse downloads malicious code from the internet while disabling anti-virus software.
"There is no film preview and there are no free tickets," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
"The only thing that this e-mail is trailing is an attack wave of malicious code against your PC.
"Once your computer is compromised, hackers will be able to steal information from you with the aim of identity theft and other crimes," he said.
In the past, viruses have posed as Harry Potter movies.
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