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The oldest trick in the book

The oldest trick in the book

A MOMENT’S curiosity can lead to unforeseen consequences.

Trend Micro’s latest infection analysis has found that sexually explicit emails are still the most common lures used by internet worms.

Adam Biviano, senior systems engineer at Trend Micro, says he can’t believe users haven’t got the message yet.

“You would think that people would be wising up to it by now. One in three emails is at risk and now we’re seeing phishing, viruses and spam starting to blend,” he says.

Biviano says that while men are more likely to open sexually themed emails, women are not being specifically targeted as yet.

“I guess human nature will always be human nature.”

Other common tricks include emails posing as reply emails from known sources and system notifications. Biviano says the risk to mobile phones is only beginning to emerge and points out that even benign-seeming text messages follow the same enticement patterns.

“Malware is just starting to emerge but is still limited by the architectural limitations that prevent viruses from spreading — but you’ll see more of it as mobile devices are standardised.”


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