A malicious spam campaign that attempts to harvest online game passwords under the guise of messages containing smutty photos is doing the rounds.
The tainted emails have subject line such as "Do you like to find a girlfriend like me?", and an attached archive file called "my photos.rar". The archive contains photos of young Asian women and content that poses as clips from a bongo flick.
The supposed video files actually harboured video files and a password-stealing Trojan called Agent-LVF, which is designed to steal the login credentials of World of Warcraft gamers. Security firm Sophos reckons it's likely the stolen credentials and associated in-game assets will be sold through underground sites, earning hackers a tidy profit in the process.
"A surprising amount of malware is designed to steal registration keys, passwords and data from players of computer games," said a consultant at Sophos. "This isn't just about doing better in a computer game. Criminals are stealing virtual assets like armour, money and weapons to trade for hard cash in the real world.”
More about the threat can be found in a blog posting by Sophos here. ®