11 May 2011
The Federal Bureau of…Malware?
Either way, Internet users must use common sense and an antivirus program to fight back against this security threat.
According to SPAMfighter.com, the fake message says that the FBI has logged the users' Internet Protocol (IP) address on unauthorized Internet sites. The e-mail requests that the recipient respond to queries that are found in an attachment that is given. This is where scammers always hide the malware – in attachments. Of course, when the e-mail recipient opens the attachment, there is no questionnaire; instead they are infected with destructive viruses that can cause serious problems to computers that are not armed with an antivirus program.
Like many infected files, the malware is planted invisibly which makes it difficult to detect. BitDefender's antivirus program has a feature that sends malicious e-mail and attachments straight to the trash. Because they never enter the users' inbox, the recipient doesn't have to deal with the temptation or the anxiety caused by FBI imposters from the get-go. On the common sense side of things, don’t you think the FBI has the resources to conduct a comprehensive investigation rather than contacting suspects through electronic mail? After all, "Hold it right there! FBI!" doesn’t have the same effect when it is read over a computer monitor or smartphone.