The evil-doers are stepping up their game
March 16, 2016 | In the last month or so, I have been inundated with a new type of email threat.
The Nigerian prince is so last century! The new ones take the form of a message about an unpaid traffic ticket, a bank transaction that didn't go through, an overdue bill. (I should also note that there have been similar phone attacks purporting to be an FBI agent giving me one last chance to settle up before they file a lawsuit.)
The structure is always the same: a serious-looking message header, ominous text, and an attachment of the bill, ticket, whatever that is at question. The attachment occasionally takes the form of a Word document (in which malicious macros can be embedded) but usually is a compressed (.ZIP) file.
Opening the attached
My Avast anti-virus always throws up alarms about these files and identifies the bad stuff in them (see top-right, where the nasty is a Trojan called Locky-L. What a Trojan does, essentially, is open a "back-door" to your computer, something you do not want (You go, Apple!).
Note that these scammers aren't too bright. Sometimes they forget to attach the file containing the virus! At other times, they think that vulgarity will get a response (Hey, works for Trump!).
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