Malicious image spam entices users with soft porn

Share this article:

Hackers are taking advantage of image spam techniques and lusty minds to spread a new Trojan horse, experts at SophosLabs warned today.

A new spate of email messages are being sent to Australian users claiming to be from a woman visiting the country looking for a sex partner. Similar to most run-of-the-mill image spams the message contains no text, with the message completely embedded within an image. The missive embedded within the image entices users to visit a website to view her picture.

The referred website contains a soft porn image and Trojan horse payload containing Troj/Dloadr-AMA.

"This malware attack is particularly interesting because it borrows techniques commonly used by spammers," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos. "The image in the email contains random noise to sidestep signature-based detection - a technique normally seen in medical or stock spam campaigns. Also, the subject matter is similar to 'pretty girl' spam campaigns that we see - but normally they send text spam rather than image spam, and urge the recipient to reply via email rather than visit a website."

According to IT security researchers at numerous companies, image spam has more than doubled in the past several months.

Share this article:
You must be a registered member of SC Magazine to post a comment.

Sign up to our newsletters

TOP COMMENTS

More in News

Adobe exploit used to spread Dyre credential stealer

Adobe exploit used to spread Dyre credential stealer

Users running vulnerable Adobe software could be in danger of having credentials for Bitcoin websites stolen.

Staples is investigating a potential issue involving credit card data

Staples is investigating a potential issue involving credit ...

The company said it is investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and that customers are not responsible for fraudulent activity on cards if an issue is discovered.

Skills set a priority over legacy prejudices, experts say

Skills set a priority over legacy prejudices, experts ...

Cybersecurity expert Winn Schwartau and Robert Clark, a cyber law attorney at the Army Cyber Institute, discussed issues around hiring in the information security industry.