Smutty, Online Dating Spam Emails Spread Mal/BredoZp-B

Posted: September 6, 2011

A new string of email-based spam attacks has appeared that uses exceptionally risque social-engineering tricks to get LoveCard's victims to infect themselves with a variety of Trojans. Although the exact text contents and even subject lines of these LoveCard spam messages can vary, SpywareRemove.com malware experts have found that they all use a common template and a theme of attracting you to adult dating websites. The infection that LoveCard spammers use to attack your PC is in the form of a .zip file attachment that contains Trojans that may steal private information, install other types of harmful software or negatively-alter your security settings. If you've installed a LoveCard file, you should scan your PC with suitable anti-malware software, since these Trojans have been confirmed to disguise themselves in the guises of Windows components and can avoid manual detection without much difficulty.

The Tainted Love of a LoveCard Email

LoveCard email messages are spam messages that capitalize on lustiness and loneliness by pretending to be affiliated with dating websites that offer women with rather open-minded romantic ideals. This package can be wrapped up in a number of different ways; for example, various subject lines that SpywareRemove.com malware researchers have observed include the following:

  • LoveCard from YOUR BABBIE
  • LoveCard from YOUR BABY
  • NICE GIFT from your GirlFriend
  • LOVE GIFT from your GirlFriend
  • LOVECARD for YOU
  • I was photographed naked for you. Want to see? Lakeshia.
  • Hello. It's your naughty little girl.
  • I just want you to [Obscenity deleted]. Can you?

The contents of these email messages can be equally varied, but always revolve around offers from dating websites and will indicate that the attached file is a package of photos from generous women. Naturally, there are no real photographs in this .zip file, and anyone who opens LoveCard will find that they've contaminated their PC with a dropper Trojan.

How to Reject This Empty Offer of Love from Your PC

Although the smartest thing to do is to delete a LoveCard email message and get on with your life without any interaction with LoveCard, if you've opened a LoveCard file or visited a website that a LoveCard spam links to, SpywareRemove.com malware experts recommend a more strenuous response than the above. So far, Trojans that are affiliated with this spammer scam are always of the 'dropper' variety and can install other types of harmful software.

Common LoveCard infections include Mal/Zbot-CX, Trojan.Fakemsc.A, Mal/BredoZp-B, Troj/Agent-TFW, Vbcrypt.CP, Mal/BredoZp-ET and Cridex.A, although other Trojans are also possible. Since SpywareRemove.com malware research team has witnessed many of these Trojans making use of fake Windows component file names, such as cmd.exe, along with hiding themselves in Windows system directories, manual deletion of a LoveCard spam Trojan isn't recommended. However, a full scan of your system with any sufficiently-competent anti-malware program should remove the LoveCard Trojan and any other infections that LoveCard may have installed.

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