A “thank you” email purporting to be from Google informs the recipient that the company has received his or her resume. The message instructs the recipient to open an attached file to review the submitted job application.
The email is not from Google and the attachment does not contain a job application. In fact, the attached file contains malware that can send further copies of itself to email addresses found on the infected computer, can download other malicious files from the Internet, and can potentially give hackers access to the infected computer. This malware is also distributed via fake social networking invitations, bogus e-cards and bogus shipping update messages.
Subject: Thank you from Google!
Thank you from Google!
We just received your resume and would like to thank you for your interest in working at Google. This email confirms that your application has been submitted for an open position.
Our staffing team will carefully assess your qualifications for the role(s) you selected and others that may be a fit. Should there be a suitable match, we will be sure to get in touch with you.
Click on the attached file to review your submitted application.
Have fun and thanks again for applying to Google!
Screenshot of virus email:
This email, which purports to be from Internet giant Google, is supposedly a message thanking the recipient for submitting his or her resume to the company.
The message claims that Google’s “staffing team” will assess the resume and contact the recipient if a suitable job becomes available. It advises the recipient to open an attached file in order to review the submitted application.
However, the email is not from Google and the attachment does not contain a copy of a job application. In fact, opening the attachment will install malware on the user’s computer.
Once installed, this malware can send itself to email addresses it has harvested from the infected computer. It can also download and install other malware from the Internet, modify the Windows registry so that malware runs when the computer is started, and communicate with a remote server thereby allowing hackers access to the infected computer.
The great majority of people who receive this bogus email will not have submitted a resume to Google at all. However, the criminals responsible know that many recipients will be curious enough to open the attachment anyway. Google’s high profile, along with its reputation for offering its employees a highly desirable and innovative working environment may well be enough to cause some recipients to open the attachment without much forethought.
Those responsible for the distribution of this malware also use a number of other ruses to trick recipients into opening email attachments. As well as fake Google “thank you” messages, the malware is also distributed via various other bogus emails, including the following:
Jessica would like to be your friend on hi5!
I set up a hi5 profile and I want to add you as a friend so we can share pictures and start building our network. First see your invitation card I attached! Once you join, you will have a chance to create a profile, share pictures, and find friends.
Thank you for shopping at Amazon.com
We have successfully received your payment.
Your order has been shipped to your billing address. You have ordered ” Dell Inspiron Mini 1011 ”
You can find your tracking number in attached to the e-mail document.
Print the postal label to get your package. We hope you enjoy your order! Amazon.com
Your friend invited you to twitter!
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question:What are you doing?
To join or to see who invited you, check the attachment.
Hello! You have recieved a Hallmark E-Card from your friend.
To see it, check the attachment.
Internet criminals constantly use and reuse these and other tactics in order to trick users into installing malware. Users should treat all email attachments with caution, even if they appear to come from friends. Users should also ensure that they have security software installed on their computers, including up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spyware scanners and firewalls.