Malware email saga continues under another name
The fake messages pose with subject headings that include the phrase “Breaking News,” along with phony news story headlines, such as ” Jerry Yang relinquishes control over Yahoo,” “Mary-Kate Olsen responsible for Heath Ledger’s death,” and “Plane crashes into prep school, hundreds of kids killed,” said researchers at F-Secure Corp. and Sophos Plc.
Last week, security vendors had warned users of a massive scam that used messages masquerading as news alerts from CNN. At its peak, the blitz dumped? nearly 11 million messages an hour on users.
The criminals who launched that attack are also behind today’s switch to MSNBC, said Sam Masiello , MX Logic’s vice president of information security. “Typically we see copycats shortly after a major campaign, but this was sent by the same people,” said Masiello.