A Trojan program pretending to offer CCTV pictures of a university rapist is spreading via email.
The Stinx-N Trojan spams out email messages from infected machines using subject lines such as 'CCTV still of Rapist', 'Do you recognise this person?', or 'Campus Student Raped'.
It contains the following message: 'Hello. During the early morning of January 25 2006, a campus student was the victim of a horrific sexual assault within college grounds. Eyewitnesses report a tall black man in grey pants running away from the scene. Campus CCTV has caught this man on camera and are looking for ways to identify him. If anyone recognises the attached picture could they inform administraiton immediately.'
The emails come with attachments labelled 'Suspects Photo.exe', 'suspect image.exe', 'CCTVstill.exe', 'CCTV-footage.exe', and 'suspicious photo.exe'.
"Launching the attached file will not show you a CCTV picture of a rapist, but instead punch a hole in your PC's security," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.
"Hackers are reaching an all-time low with this attempt to encourage well-meaning individuals into opening these malicious files.
"Anyone unfortunate enough to run this program risks allowing hackers to gain access to their computer in order to spy, steal and cause havoc."
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