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Malware alert iPhone 5 spam emails

October 4th, 2011

Malware alert: ‘iPhone 5’ spam emails


As you may be aware, the new Apple iPhone will be announced today, at Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California. At 6pm UK time, the press and special guests will arrive at the “Let’s talk iPhone” event. Finally, Apple will end all the speculation surrounding the upcoming iPhone and reveal it to the world. Is it called iPhone 4S? iPhone 5? Will there be just one model, or two? What will it, or they, look like? All will be revealed this evening.






As is customary on such occasions, hackers are taking advantage of the hype by sending spam emails purporting to be from Apple. The emails contain a link to malware.




The email advertises the ‘iPhone 5’. This should send alarm bells ringing, as it is not known whether the ‘iPhone 5’ will be revealed today, or indeed if it even exists. The emails also contain grammatical errors. The sender may purport to be ‘news@apple.com’, but this could obviously change.



The malware only affects Windows PCs. Clicking on any of the included links will attempt to download the file ‘iphone5.gif.exe’ onto your machine.


Sophos and F-Secure have announced advisories. For more information, visit the following sites:






If you receive this email, do not open it, and delete immediately.



To combat this problem, it is recommended that antivirus products are kept up-to-date, and that an advisory is sent throughout your organisation.



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