(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – A new malware attack is hitting unsuspecting users in the form of an email message falsely labeled as being from Royal Mail, according to a Monday report from security firm Sophos.

The message itself pertains to a fake shipment advisory and contains a malicious ZIP file carrying a trojan known as Toj/Backdr-HE. “SHIPPER REFERENCE: PLEASE REFER TO ATTACHED FILE,” reads the text.

“It’s wise to be wary when it comes to unsolicited email, even when the email appears to come from a legitimate organization,” commented Graham Cluley via the Sophos Naked Security blog.

Royal Mail is the UK’s government-operated mail and shipment service. The Sophos report also noted that hackers had used similar tactics previously under companies names including FedEx.

Monday, August 20, 2012

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