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April 9th, 2008

Trojan Claims To Offer Nude Female Celebrities Pictures

Panda Security, a leading provider of IT security solutions, has detected a series of junk emails that promise erotic pictures of celebrities (e.g. Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Shakira, Scarlett Johannson and Britney Spears) as bait to spread the Agent.IMB Trojan.

These emails are very simple and have subjects such as “Naked Shakira Clip,” “Rihanna Exposed,” or “Scarlett Johansson Spills Boobs,” and includes a link with the text “Download and Watch.”

If the user clicks the link, they will download a copy of the Agent.IMB Trojan to their computer. This malicious code copies itself to the system under the name “CbEvtSvc.exe” and creates a service with the same name to run whenever the system is started up.

This social engineering technique is not new at all, however, given the number of cyber-crooks that keep using it there must still be many users who fall into the trap. Malware creators sometimes use the same kind of email to spread different malware strains, so it wouldn’t be surprising to find junk mail like this being used over the next few days to distribute other malicious codes like downloader Trojans, banker Trojans, and others.

To avoid falling victim to this type of attack, users are advised not to open any email messages that come from unknown sources or click any links that these may contain.

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