Melissa, The Naughty Internet Stripper

Melissa AKA TROJ_CAPTCHAR.A

naughty-stripper

At first glance you may be forgiven for thinking that Melissa is nothing more than a naughty little tease.

In reality, she’s just plain naughty.

TROJ_CAPTCHAR.A comes disguised as a small strip-tease game featuring ‘Melissa’ who begins by wearing very little and promising to slowly remove what’s left.

Getting Naked

Aimed at young pubescent boys pretty well any hot blooded male, Melissa makes you work in return for peeling her clothes off – users must identify and enter the letters on the attached CAPTCHA.

On the face of it, this may seem quite harmless but, in reality, the answers to the CAPTCHAs are being sent to a remote server where a malicious user patiently awaits them.

The strip-tease game is actually a ploy by ingenious malware authors to identify and match ambiguous CAPTCHA images from legitimate sites, using the unsuspecting user as the decoder of the said image.

The reason for this is unknown, though it could well be for spamming purposes.

If so, it certainly signifies an interesting (and eye-catching) new method of circumventing anti-spamming measures.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Dionne Collins says:

    Col makes me laugh, don’t scare him away!

  2. As someone who can’t read I have to say you do a grand job of providing me with good picture content 😀

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