You Have Received a Greeting Card – Virus

Another version of the Google Groups hosted virus is actively spreading.

This version also spoofs “123greetings.com” and arrives with a subject of:

Subject: You Have Received a Greeting Card

The contents of this version does not contain graphics, but is instead all text:

Good day.

You have received an eCard

To pick up your eCard, click on the following link (or copy & paste it into your web browser):

http://groups.google.com/group/RandomString/web/setup.zip

Your card will be aviailable for pick-up beginning for the next 30 days.

Please be sure to view your eCard before the days are up!

We hope you enjoy you eCard.

Thank You!

If the recipient downloads and runs this “setup.zip” file then their PC will become infected and part of the spam bot zombie network used to send both virus emails and spam advertisements as well.

As with the previous campaign, only the “RandomString” part of the URL is unique. All of these virus/trojan files are shared and spread through countless bogus “Google Groups” accounts that are expressly used for the purpose of spreading these viruses.

Again, this is a particularly good tactic for the spammers for several reasons:

  1. The use of a “googlegroups.com” URL within the spam message can reduce the likelihood of spam filters stopping the message.
  2. Many users erroneously assuming that anything “Google” is good, and are therefore are willing to download and run the trojan file, thus infecting their own computers.
  3. The ease with which the spammer can quickly create bogus “groups” and upload their virus files.

Combining all three of the above makes this tactic exceptionally efficient for spreading viruses throughout the Internet.

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