Please be careful in opening unusual attachments or websites.  A recent James Webb Space Telescope was recently manipulated as “bait” to implant malware on vulnerable systems.

Hacker Uses James Webb Space Telescope Image for Malware Attack | PCMag

A hacker has been using an image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope to load malware onto Windows computers.    The malware-laden image is not currently detected by antivirus programs, according(Opens in a new window) to cybersecurity firm Securonix, which obtained a sample of the program.

The hacker is targeting victims through phishing emails containing a malicious Office document, which is designed to automatically download the malware on a victim’s PC. During the process, Securonix noticed the software includes an image taken by the James Webb Space Telescope.

The image itself is a jpg file and looks like the iconic photo of a region of space called SMACS 0723, which the space telescope captured earlier this year. But according to Securonix, the file contains hidden computer code, which can be viewed when the image is inspected with a text editor.

Hacker Uses James Webb Space Telescope Image for Malware Attack Image