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Be careful of trojan disguised as e-mail from Facebook

Posted By Ashraf On September 2, 2012 @ 6:55 PM In Windows | 8 Comments


You get an e-mail that looks like it is from Facebook [2]. The e-mail says you have been tagged in a photo by a friend and the photo is attached to the e-mail. You open the attachment and BAM you are infected by a trojan known as Troj/Agent-XNN. Or at least that is the latest scare in the on going fight against malware.

Sophos Security, a British digital security firm, is reporting malicious e-mails are floating around that pose as Facebook. The e-mails have a subject of “Your friend added a new photo with you to the album” and say the following:


One of Your Friends added a new photo with you to the album.

You are receiving this email because you’ve been listed as a close friend.

[View photo with you in the attachment]

Attached to the e-mails is a ZIP file that contains the above-mentioned trojan. If you download and open the ZIP, you are infected. This trojan appears to only affect Windows [3] machines and launches itself automatically on Windows boot, disguised as a Java [4] updater (oh the timing).

Of course since this is a known trojan (and not a zero-day attack), any competent anti-virus [5] should protect you against it even if you do accidentally download it. Still, the moral of the story is you shouldn’t open attachments in e-mails — or visit links in e-mails — when you aren’t sure who the e-mail is from. In this case the e-mail looks to be from Facebook but, really, if you stop and think to yourself “how many times does Facebook e-mail me an attachment” then you will realize how dumb of a move you were about to make.

[via MakeUseOf [6], Sophos [7]]

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[1] Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/facebook_email_trojan.jpg

[2] Facebook: http://dottech.org/tag/facebook

[3] Windows: http://dottech.org/category/windows

[4] Java: http://dottech.org/tag/java

[5] competent anti-virus: http://dottech.org/freeware-reviews/14151/windows-best-free-antivirus-antimalware-program-microsoft-security-essentials-vs-avira-vs-avast-vs-avg/

[6] MakeUseOf: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/beware-trojan-disguised-facebook-email-loose-updates/

[7] Sophos: http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/08/28/facebook-friend-photo-malware/

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