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Fake CDC vaccine e-mail leads to malware

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December 1, 2009 11:57 AM PST

Fake CDC vaccine e-mail leads to malware by Elinor Mills

The e-mail appears to be from the CDC but directs people to a fake CDC site that serves up a Trojan.

You can ignore that e-mail that looks like it comes from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about creating a profile for an H1N1 vaccination program. It's a malware scam, according to security provider AppRiver. The fake alert informs recipients that as part of a "State Vaccination H1N1 Program" they need to create a profile on the CDC Web site. The link in the e-mail goes to a fake CDC page where the visitor is assigned a temporary ID and a link to a vaccination profile that is actually an an executable file containing a copy of the Kryptik Trojan targeting Windows, according to an AppRiver blog post on Tuesday.

Read more plus screenshot - CNET news -


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