In assisting a friend in Texas, this new threat is actively circulating in email and should be avoided
QUOTE: In January 2014, Internet users began receiving e-mails from various funeral homes with attention-getting subject lines such as “Passing of your friend,” messages that informed recipients a “dear friend” had passed away and invited them to attend that person’s upcoming funeral or memorial service. The messages provided a hyperlink (on the word “here”) for readers to click in order to obtain detailed information about the date and location of the service. However, that link actually pointed to a foreign web site and initiated the download of a ZIP file (e.g., FuneralProcession.zip); users who attempted to open and view that ZIP file ended up executing a malicious file (e.g., FuneralProcession.exe) which installed a Trojan on their PCs.
EXAMPLE OF EMAIL LEADING TO MALICIOUS SITE
The xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Family Funeral Announcement
Hereby we want to share your sorrow for your dear friend who passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014.
You are cordially invited to express your sympathy in memory of your friend at a celebration of life service that will be held on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the xxxxxxxx Funeral Home, Arkansas.
Please find more detailed information about the memorial service here.
Sincerely, Funeral Home Secretary, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx