A new banking Trojan is being distributed via a fake news story about a car accident involving Formula One star Fernando Alonso, says Panda Security.
The story purports to come from Spanish daily broadsheet El Pais.
According to the bogus report, Alonso, the two-time Formula One champion, was seriously injured in a car accident near the Spanish city of Bilbao yesterday (22 July).
The story is distributed via spam e-mails with a link to an "amateur recording", which supposedly depicts the moment of the crash and its spectacular blaze.
The link attached to the story delivers a banking Trojan which targets one of the biggest Spanish banks. The Trojan could be used to steal online account passwords from users.
Panda Security has identified the Trojan as Banker-LGC, which bears similarities to a different malware attack from a few weeks ago claiming the Third World War had begun.
The major difference was that the latter tried to install a Gaobot worm instead.