Trojan buried in hoax Apple contract email

Hackers are sending hoax emails from brand name companies such as Apple, Google and Starbucks that claim to contain official contracts in a bid to spread malicious viruses, says Sophos.

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Hackers are sending hoax emails from brand name companies such as Apple, Google and Starbucks that claim to contain official contracts in a bid to spread malicious viruses, says Sophos.

According to the security company, a number of web users have received emails that look as though they might be from big name companies. The emails include an attachment called 'New_Contract.zip', which is actually a dangerous Trojan.

If downloaded and opened, it will infect the user's PC and possibly even steal personal data that could be used in identity theft.

"It is curiosity which the cybercriminals are depending on in order to infect your computer, and potentially steal information, resources and money from you," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.

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