June 18, 2021

Fake iPhone 5 Announcement Email Wants to Infect Your PC With Malware

(LiveHacking.Com) – Journalist Abram Wagenaar has tweeted about a fake iPhone 5 message he received that tries to entice users to follow a malicious link that infects Windows machines with a virus. The iPhone 5, which may be announced today, has been causing almost feverious speculation on the Internet with pundits trying to guess Apple’s next move in the smart phone market – what will the iPhone 5’s specification be? Will there be an iPhone 4S – and so on. As a result of all the speculation cyber-criminals are trying to cash in by spreading malware on the back of the publicity.

Sophos reports that:

“Clicking on links in the email takes you to some Windows malware (lucky Mac fans are being ignored by the hackers on this occasion) which Sophos detects as Mal/Zapchas-A.”

Abram himself has speculated that the message (which was supposedly sent from news@apple.com) targets journalists:

Targeted attack in my mailbox: fake PR about new iPhone 5 GS with virus links, sent to journalists only?

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