- Any computer system can be affected when a person is a victim of social engineering, such as what can occur when malicious code is inadvertently downloaded from an attachment in a spoofed email.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reporting that spoofed email messages that appear to come from the FTC contain malicious attachments. If you open one of these attachments you may infect your computer with a keystroke logger or other malicious code.
Exercise caution when opening email messages and attachments. In this case, the FTC describes the spoofed email as follows:
The spoof email includes a phony sender's address, making it appear the email is from "firstname.lastname@example.org" and also spoofs the return-path and reply-to fields to hide the email's true origin. While the email includes the FTC seal, it has grammatical errors, misspellings, and incorrect syntax.
Install and update anti-virus software
This spoofed email activity relies on social engineering techniques to convince you to open and run a malicious attachment. There is no software vulnerability involved and there is no software update to protect against this type of activity. For more information please see the FTC report.
- Cyber Security Tip ST04-014 - Avoiding Social Engineering and Phishing Attacks - http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-014.html>
- Cyber Security Tip ST04-010 - Using Caution with Email Attachments - http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-010.html>
- Cyber Security Tip ST04-005 - Understanding Anti-Virus Software - http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-005.html>>
- Cyber Security Tip ST05-006 - Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses - http://www.us-cert.gov/cas/tips/ST04-006.html>
- Trends in Badware 2007 - http://www.stopbadware.org/home/consumerreport>
- Don't Open Bogus Email that Comes from the FTC - http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2007/10/bogus.shtm>
October 30, 2007: Initial release
October 31, 2007: Updated references and links to Tips, added INFO#281692 tag, fixed ST04-014 link