Fake and Virus Email Messages - "ISIS Attacks in Sydney in 2015"
January 13, 2015
Cyber-criminals are sending out fake email messages with the subject: "ISIS Attacks in Sydney 2015," that have a virus or malicious attachment that will infect the recipients’ computers if they attempt to open it. The fake emails will attempt to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment by claiming that it contains a news article naming the Sydney locations where ISIS plans to attack in 2015.
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The Fake and Virus Email Message
Subject: ISIS attacks in sydney?
ISIS has warned Australian Police today about new attacks in Sydney.
Attached the places in word file which ISIS planning to attack in Sydney this year 2015.
These terrorists have Australian Citizen why they attack us?
Read more in the detailed story in word file.
Please address any correspondence to:
[news address removed]
The switchboard number for [news] is:
[news phone number removed]
Telephone: [news phone number removed]
Email: [news email inserted removed]
The email is a hoax created by cyber-criminals to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment. The Australian Police said they have not received any warnings about new attacks in Sydney from the terrorist group ISIS.
The cyber-criminals behind the email message have included the contact information (removed by us) for popular and legitimate news website news.com.au, to make the email messages appear as if they are legitimate or came from a reputable news source.
If you have received the abovementioned email or other similar email messages, please do not attempt to open the attachment. The attachment does not contain a news article; instead it has a malicious Microsoft Word document or Zip/Compressed file that will infect your computer, if you attempt to open it.
Now, if you open or attempt to the open the malicious attachment, your computer will become infected with a virus or Trojan horse. Once your computer has become infected with the malicious virus or Trojan horse, the cyber-criminals behind the 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 clicked on the link, downloaded and open the malicious file, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it.
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