When Cupid brings malware instead of love

We have started to see in Germany a massive spam campaign that spreads malware in form of a classical “russian bride” spam.


Written in a more than questionable German language, the emails contains confusing sources. The From field mentions a name, the author of the email is another one and the contact email address in the email is a completely different one. Looks like the girl looking for a German husband has some kind of personality disorder. :)

Leaving the jokes aside, despite all these clear signs of fraud, the Russian girl sends a link to a file that is supposed to be a photo of herself .


You did notice the filename photo.jpg_______.exe, right ?

This method of spreading malware using a double extension is as old as the malware business itself. It made us remember the old MS-DOS viruses that were having double extensions?


At the moment of writing this post only 7 antivirus software out of 46 included in the Virustotal.com website detected the file as malicious.

All Avira products detect the various files included in these emails as  TR/Injector.EB.64 and  TR/Cridex.EB.71.

We remind all our readers again: never click on links sent in spam emails and never execute files that you receive in emails or you download from suspicious sources.


Sorin Mustaca

IT Security Expert

via Avira – TechBlog http://techblog.avira.com/2013/04/11/when-cupid-brings-malware-instead-of-love/en/

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Sorin Mustaca
Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since over 20 years in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is CEO and owner of Endpoint Cybersecurity GmbH focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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