Your Flight Ticket is not Activated Yet - British Airways Virus Email Message
June 2, 2014
The email message below: "Your flight ticket is not activated yet," is malicious and was not sent by British Airways, but instead by cyber-criminals. The email message contains a malicious attachment that will infect your computer with a virus or Trojan horse if you open it. The email message will attempt to trick the recipients into believing that a British Airways ticket was purchased without their consent and have them curiously open the malicious attachment, thinking they will view a form.
Please continue reading below.
The Virus Email Message: Your Flight Ticket is not Activated Yet
Subject: Your flight ticket is not activated yet.
Your flight ticket number: #877764-6192359-BA-90050320142 has not been activated yet.
In order to activate the ticket please download the attachment and fill in the form.
In the case you wish to cancel your flight and apply for a refund, please confirm that your
billing info (found in the attachment) is valid.
This malicious email message has an attachment called Ticket_confirmation.zip, which contains the malicious Trojan horse file Ticket_confirmation.exe. Attempts to open this file will infect your computer with a Trojan horse or virus.
When we scanned the file Ticket_confirmation.zip, the following threats were detected:
Once your computer has become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cyber-crimes, or steal your personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened this malicious attachment Ticket_confirmation.exe, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. The name of the attachment may change, so be careful when opening email attachments.
If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software.
Never open an attachment that has a name ending with “.exe”, because these are computer programs that can infect your computer with a virus or some other malware.
Click here for a list of email attachments you should never open, regardless of where they came from.
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