Angelina Jolie has become the unwitting star of a new malware campaign.
Two days ago Forbes named Jolie the highest-paid actress in Hollywood.
This new spam campaign, discovered by researchers at ThreatTrack Security Labs, takes advantage of that news to try to trick you into clicking on some malicious links, Discovery News reported.
The spam comes in the form of an email supposedly from CNN.
The subject line is “CNN: Forbes: Angelina Jolie tops list of highest-paid actresses” and the body of the email is a screen capture from the CNN Web page on the story.
Click any of the email’s links, and you’ll be prompted to download a file that looks like an Adobe Flash Player update (named “update_flash_player.exe”). But it’s really a piece of malicious software.
Once installed, the software will download another malicious program that ThreatTrack Security identifies as a variant of a Zbot/Zeus, a type of Trojan that steals banking information.
The Royal Baby was also recently used as malware linkbait in a very similar scheme, according to ThreatTrack.