Spam with Trojan horse attacks eBay users

Friday, 16 January 2004, 2:16 PM EST

The latest threat, which targets customers of eBay's PayPal online payment service, highlights a growing trend in which online criminals combine computer viruses, spam distribution techniques, Trojan horse programs and "phishing" scams to circumvent security technology and fool internet users, said Carole Theriault, security consultant at Sophos.

Antivirus companies including Sophos and Kaspersky Labs warned customers about the threat, which arrives in e-mail in-boxes as a message purporting to come from online payment service PayPal.

The message subject line is "PAYPAL.COM NEW YEAR OFFER" and it reads: "for a limited time only PayPal is offering to add 10% of the total balance in your PayPal account to your account and all you have to do is register yourself within the next five business days with our application (see attachment)!"

By Paul Roberts at ComputerWeekly.

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