Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global
network of virus and spam analysis centers, have warned of a spam
campaign that poses as virtual postcard delivery, but is really an
attempt to lure innocent computer users into being infected by a
The email claims that you have a virtual
postcard waiting for you.
Windows users who follow the web link visit a website which
exploits vulnerabilities in Microsoft's software and installs the
horse onto their computer alongside other malicious code (Troj/Delf-KP, Troj/Lofler-A, Troj/Siggy-A, Troj/Webdrop-A,
Troj/Divo-A is a phishing Trojan which grabs personal details as
compromised users log into online banks.
Sophos experts have intercepted hundreds of the spam messages
being sent using a variety of different domain names as disguises.
Computer users are urged to ensure their anti-virus software is
up-to-date, that they are patched against the latest Microsoft
security vulnerabilities, and to always be cautious of unsolicited
"Because this email doesn't arrive with an attached file, some
may believe it is harmless. But just visiting the web link on an
unprotected computer puts it at risk of infection," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant for Sophos. "The message is simple - don't
trust everything you read on the internet, and ensure you are not
putting your computer and its data in danger."
"There's a very real risk that some people will think one of
these emails is from a long forgotten friend or work colleague and
follow the link out of curiousity," continued Cluley. "If you
receive an unexpected virtual postcard it may prove wise to simply
Sophos recommends companies automatically update their corporate
virus protection, and filter attachments which may contain
malicious code at the email gateway with a consolidated solution to defend against viruses,
spyware and spam.