Review your annual Social Security statement – Virus

The latest twist on virus/malware campaigns pretends to be an email from the Social Security Administration that supposedly contains a copy of your annual statement.

The email arrives with the headers:

Subject:      Review your annual Social Security statement
From:     “Social Security Administration” <notification@ssa.gov>

Due to possible calculation errors, your annual Social Security statement may contain errors.

Open attached file to review your annual Social Security statement.

As is common, the a files attachment are in both .exe and .zip format, typically named:

  • statement.zip
  • statement.exe

If the user executes either file, their personal computer will become infected and will then also become part of the spam bot-net that is sending and spreading these virus infections.

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