Dont Click That Link
Internet security experts are working to zero in on a new email worm that promises free pornography but has an even dirtier objective--a virus.
The subject line reads, "Here you have" and inside the email, there's a link that promises free porn.
"What's always been a terrific social engineering trick is sex--to use sex as a way to get people to click on a link when they shouldn't click on it”, said Kevin Haley of Symantec.
Clicking on this specific link unleashes a virus that first tries to uninstall anti-virus and security software, then immediately spreads itself by sending the same email to all contacts in a victim's address book--and that could prove embarrassing.
"Yeah, unfortunately if you fall for this and are infected, email will go out with your name on it”, says Haley. “So, the people you send that email to are going to know that you, you fell for that social engineering trick"
It first surfaced last week, causing damage in several large companies.
NASA, AIG, Disney, Procter & Gamble and Wells Fargo have all reported an outbreak of the worm.
Work to eliminate this issue is ongoing, although the advice to avoid it, says Kevin Haley is the same as a decade ago.
"Even if it comes from somebody you know, if the content of the email looks suspicious in any way, never click on the attachment, never click on a link that's in that email."