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Cancer scam e-mail installs Zeus malware on user PCs

New e-mail scam plays to your emotions to get you to unknowingly install Zeus malware.

Published Sat, Mar 15 2014 9:19 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A new spam hoax imitating a message from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) organization told recipients they have cancer, and is sent with the following subject line: "Important blood analysis result.

Cancer scam e-mail installs Zeus malware on user PCs | TweakTown.com

The e-mail includes Zeus malware and has been sent to thousands of users, and anyone that downloads the attachment could lead to their PC being hijacked. After the attachment is unzipped and runs, an error screen appears and quickly disappears, with the downloader working to hijack the PC. Next, Microsoft Outlook passwords and other login credentials are stolen.

The e-mail reads:

"We have been sent a sample of your blood analysis for further research. During the complete blood count (CBC) we have revealed that white blood cells is very low, and unfortunately we have a suspicion of cancer."

The British government learned of the hoax after people throughout the country - some of whom are waiting for medical results - informed the Department of Health.

NEWS SOURCE:dailymail.co.uk

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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