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Dangerous spam lures gamers into downloading Trojan

Sophos : 30 November, 2009  (Technical Article)
File attachment with explicit images contains Trojan in video file to steal password information from the online gaming community
IT security and data protection firm Sophos is warning of a new malicious campaign that has been widely spammed out, designed to steal passwords from online gamers under the cloak of an email containing sexy photographs.

The dangerous emails have the subject line 'Do you like to find a girlfriend like me?' and contain text with similar grammatical abominations.

Attached to the emails is an archive file called 'my photos.rar' which aside from containing 12 explicit photographs of a young Asian woman also claims to contain two hardcore videos.

The video files, however, are really a password-stealing Trojan horse called Troj/Agent-LVF which steals usernames and password from players of the popular online role-playing game World of Warcraft.

'A surprising amount of malware is designed to steal registration keys, passwords and data from players of computer games,' said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. 'This isn't just about doing better in a computer game. Criminals are stealing virtual assets like armour, money and weapons to trade for hard cash in the real world. Hackers love to exploit human weaknesses to break into users' computers, and these images may prove hard for some to resist."

Sophos recommends that users protect themselves with a consolidated solution that can defend against the threats of spam, hackers, spyware and viruses.
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