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Shakira Dies in Serious Accident - Virus Celebrity Hoax

Shakira Dies in Serious Accident - Virus Celebrity Hoax

Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll is not dead and was not involved in an accident. The Colombian singer-songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model is another victim of a celebrity hoax by cyber-criminals. But, this time, the hoax is not about spreading propaganda only. It is also about tricking the recipients of a fake email message, which claims that the Shakira has died in a car accident, into opening a malicious attached Microsoft Word document, that the same email message claims has images and details of the story of the tragic accident.

Please continue reading below.

The Fake Email Message in Spanish

From: El Universal [eluniversal]
Date: 5 September 2014 14:50
Subject: Shakira muere en grave accidente
Attachment: IMAGENES_01.doc

Muere Shakira en grave accidente

Esta madrugada a las 1:10 A.M. en el barrio la Macarena, Colombia. La conocida cantante e intérprete Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, sufrió un grave accidente automovilístico en el cual perdio la vida. Abordo del vehículo también se encontraba su manager, que quedó con heridas graves. Testigos, dicen que el auto conducido por este último, se dirigia a exceso de velocidad..

Para ver imágenes exclusivas y detalles de la noticia adjuntamos un documento con toda la información sobre este trágico acontecimiento.


El Universal © todos los Derechos Reservados 2014.

The Fake Email Message Translated to English

From: The Universal [eluniversal]
Date: 5 September 2014 14:50
Subject: Shakira dies in serious accident
Attachment: IMAGENES_01.doc

Shakira dies in serious accident

This morning at 1:10 the neighborhood La Macarena, Colombia. The well-known singer and performer Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, suffered a serious car accident in which he lost his life.

Aboard the vehicle his manager, who was seriously injured was also found. Witnesses say the car driven by the latter, was heading speeding ..

To view exclusive images and details of the story have attached a document with all the information this tragic event.

Will expand.

The Universal © 2014 All Rights Reserved.

The attachment "IMAGENES_01.doc" in the email message, is a Microsoft Word document that contains a malicious Macro, which will attempt to download malicious programs like viruses or Trojan horse from the website:, and install them on your computer, if you open the attachment and enable Macro, 'Content' or 'Editing' in Microsoft Word.

A Macro is a set of computer instructions that you can record in Microsoft Office.

We found the following threats after scanning the malicious file:

  • Troj/DocDl-D
  • Win32.Trojan.Macro.Duq

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 cybercrimes, or steal your personal and financial information.

Now, if you have already opened anyone of the malicious attachment, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it.

If you don’t have antivirus software installed on your computer, please click here for a list of free antivirus software.

Never enable Macro, enable 'Content' or enable 'Editing' when opening a Microsoft Office document that you have received from an unknown person or source. This will prevent a malicious Macro virus embeded in the document from infecting your computer.

Click here for a list of email attachments you should never open, regardless of where they came from.

For a list of other virus email messages, please click here.

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