Have you received an email with a title such as this:
Steve Jobs Alive!; Steve Jobs Not Dead!; Steve Jobs: Not Dead Yet!; Is Steve Jobs Really Dead?
Just recently there have been many attempts by scammers to make some money off the back of Steve Jobs death, such as the example I wrote about a few days ago in which free iPad hunters were tricked into filling out online surveys. But thats not the only type of threat you need to beware of – there are emails circulating now that also contain links to malware.
According to Dancho Danchev, scammers have been using Steve Jobs name in an attempt to entice users into clicking on a malicious link in an email titled, ‘Steve Jobs Alive!’
The malicious link used in the ‘Steve Jobs Alive!’ email is designed to redirect users to a domain hosting a backdoor Trojan – Downloader.Waledac.C and a dropper – Trojan.Downloader.Bredolab.CZ.
If these Trojans find their way onto your computer then the guys behind them will be able to use your PC as a node for further spreading of the email. Not only that but they will also be able to install more code onto your machine, such as a collection of fake antivirus programs.
As ever, I would advise treating any news about the death (or otherwise) of Steve Jobs with extreme caution unless it is coming from a well-known news source. Hackers and scammers always take advantage of bad news in order to make their far from ethical profits. If you think you may have fallen prey to such a ruse then you should immediately run a full system scan with your antivirus program in order to ensure that your computer has not been infected with any Trojans.