Malware distributed by e-mail for fake Groupon discounts code
An e-mail purporting to have been sent by one of your friends offering discounts for Groupon deals contains an attachment containing malware that could infect your PC, if opened.
The poorly spelled e-mail has a subject line like, “Groupon dicount gifts” and claims that one of your friends found a deal on the Groupon web site and has chosen to share it with you. It goes on to say that the e-mail’s attachment contains a discount code for Groupon.
However, the attached file, named “Groupon gifts.zip“, actually contains a trojan horse that infects computers running Microsoft Windows. Sopho’s identify the malware as Troj/Bredo-ABB and Mal/BredoZp-B.
Protect yourself with anti-virus software
As always, users are advised to have anti-virus software, like Avast! AntiVirus installed and ensure its definitions are kept up-to-date. You can further protect yourself by ensuring your computer has the latest updates installed. Beware of e-mails that are sent from senders you do not recognise, especially those containing attachments.