SophosLabs' blog reports that the emails, which have been spammed out across the internet, purport to be from a young blonde woman with pigtails called Ann Berns who claims that she went to high school with the recipient. The author refers to fond memories of after-school walks and classroom conversations in an attempt to encourage the recipient into investigating further and clicking on a URL to her personal homepage. Sophos experts note however that the link actually leads to a Trojan horse designed to break into online accounts and commit identity theft.
An extract from the email reads as follows:
Hi! I'm not sure if you remember me..
I'm Ann Berns, I guess we went to high school together.
It was quite a while ago but I still remember our friendship.
Do you remember that walk after classes? It was really cool!
I still think about you sometimes, all that fun, all whispering chats during classes. Do you want to see what I look like now? Visit my home page then, it's at...
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