Nastygram: Bogus DHL e-mails harbor secret message
A recent spam run that tries to distribute malicious software disguised as a DHL package tracking number contains a poorly hidden message that insults the Security Fix author by name.
According to an analysis by security firm Sophos, the messages arrive as a "Dear Customer" notification stating that the courier company was unable to deliver a parcel to the recipient's address.
The message urges recipients to click the attached "shipping label" for more information, and of course the attachment is a malicious program designed to steal the curious victim's passwords.
Sophos said the tracking number cited in the messages appears to be a jumbled mush of letters, but closer inspection reveals an insult aimed at this author. (Suffice it to say, it is off-color enough that it cannot be repeated here.)
Sophos's Graham Cluely writes: "I find it hard to believe that the hackers' choice of tracking reference number can be a coincidence, even if they did transpose two characters by accident."
Thank goodness these scammers still haven't learned how to spell.
November 30, 2009; 8:00 PM ET
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