Trojan masquerades as I.R.S. e-mail

E-mail supposedly from the I.R.S. hides a malicious attached file.

Coming on the heels of a bogus Better Business Bureau e-mail last week, criminal hackers have now unleashed phony IRS e-mails. The new e-mails state that an IRS criminal investigation probe has been opened against the recipient, or that a customer has filed a complaint against a company and has asked the IRS to act as an arbitrator. In both cases, the information is false, but to learn more, the recipient must open the attached file. The attached file contains a Trojan that attempts to download and install a keylogger, which then uploads stolen data from the compromised PC.

The IRS requests that recipients of these e-mails forward them to phishing@irs.gov.

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