Jealous? Cyber-crooks Have Your Number

Jealousy_by_EvilTelephone Jealousy is a human emotion that surrounds us. Arguably, it is an experience with which we are all familiar.

Physiological studies have observed jealousy in infants as young as five months old and surprisingly, in elderly people.

Many psychologists hold the view, that jealousy is a normal and appropriate reaction to the fear of losing a loved one to someone else.

It’s no surprise then, that Cyber-crooks are now using jealousy as a social engineering email hook, to entice potential victims to click on an email containing enclosed links which can lead to the installation of a banking Trojan on the computer.

Keep in mind, Cyber-crooks are relentless in their pursuit of your money and make no mistake – it’s all about the money.

Courtesy of Panda Security, the following is the text of an email currently circulating on the Internet. Consider carefully – would you follow the links in this email?

“Hello,

I apologize for my frankness. I’m sorry for not being able to speak to you in person, but I can only talk to you via email and I feel obliged to notify you to open your eyes, you are being betrayed.

I know it is difficult to prove, but every picture tells a story, I’ll send you these pictures so that you can see it with your own eyes. Take care…a big hug

From a good friend who is very fond of you

View photos here”

Clicking on the enclosed link leads to the downloading of the Trj/Nabload.DKR Trojan. It doesn’t stop there of course, since the next step in this process leads to the installation of the Trj/Banker.LOF. This is a banker Trojan designed to steal login credentials to access specific banking entities in numerous locations including the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Spain, and other countries.

Panda Security made an astute observation regarding this carefully crafted social engineering attempt; it may well be that certain individuals are not prepared to take the fidelity of a loved one at face value, but these same individuals have no hesitation in opening an email from an unknown sender.

What a world, what an Internet!

Regular readers of this site are familiar with the following safeguards:

Install an Internet Browser add-on such as WOT (my personal favorite), which provides detailed results on a site’s safety; protecting you from security threats including spyware, adware, spam, viruses, browser exploits, and online scams.

As well, WOT now checks links embedded in your email, and warns you of dangerous web sites so that you can avoid spyware, spam, phishing, identity theft and other Internet scams; before you click on dangerous embedded links.

Don’t open unknown email attachments.

Disable scripting features in email programs.

Make regular backups of critical data.

Make a boot disk in case your computer is damaged or compromised.

Turn off file and printer sharing on the computer.

Install a personal firewall on your computer.

Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software and ensure it is configured to automatically update when you are connected to the Internet.

Ensure the anti-virus software scans all e-mail attachments.

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4 responses to “Jealous? Cyber-crooks Have Your Number

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  2. whatsonmypc

    Bill,

    This article really, for some reason, jumped out at me… I wrote a “sub-article” on my blog with links and clips back to here…

    I can see people, even seasoned users, falling for this.

    Rick

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