Computer security researchers at SophosLabs™ are warning computer users
about a widely-spammed out email teaser promising a trailer of the
film "Pirates of the Caribbean 3" - and the chance of free tickets
if you are in North America or Europe.
Rather than a trailer for the blockbuster movie starring Johnny
Depp, Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom, however, the Troj/Yar-A Trojan horse is
attached to the email.
The email claims to offer free tickets and a
trailer of the movie 'Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's
"Of course, there are no tickets," warns Paul Ducklin, Head of
Technology, Asia Pacific, at Sophos. "And there is no film trailer
- just a malicious program which tries to download further malware
from the internet. Remember: if an email sounds too good to be
true, then you can safely assume that it isn't true."
Ducklin reminds users that there is an easy solution to the
risks posed by unknown or unlikely emails: "Don't try, don't buy,
don't click, don't reply!"
Sophos users have been automatically updated to protect against
the Yar Trojan horse.
Sophos recommends companies automatically update their corporate
virus protection, and defend their users with a consolidated solution to defend against the
threats of viruses, spyware, hackers and spam.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.