UK computers attacked by the Peter Pan virus
The latest scheme devised by hackers is an email with a malware dubbed Peter Pan virus attached to it claiming to give the receiver tickets to watch the Peter Pan movie this Christmas from BH Live.
The emails are targeted on UK users. Users receive an email from an anonymous source appearing to be a genuine email from BH Live informing that the receiver has booked nine tickets to watch the movie at the Bournemouth Pavilion Theater. The malware is attached as a PDF file, clicking on which will download the malware aimed to steal the password of the email and login credentials of the user’s Facebook and other social networking sites.
Users are warned by security experts not to download any email claiming to give them tickets for the Peter Pan movie unless they have actually booked tickets already and also to delete the emails immediately without opening any of its attachments.
Security analyst and blogger Derek Knight on his blog My Online Security discussed the issue and said that the attachments have a “password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your email or log in credentials”. “Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details”.
These are one of the most sophisticated ways used by hackers to extract people’s passwords and other log in credentials. BH Live is a recognized ticketing company and it confirmed that it has not sent emails to any of its clients and asked users not to open the attachments of such emails. It also said that its servers are safe and remain unaffected.
“The public is advised to delete these emails, to not open any attachments or links; ensure they are running the most up-to-date security products and that the operating system has been updated to the latest version”, said BH Live.