Sophos reports on a new email scam. In this scam, the bad guys are sending emails that claim to offer a refund for erroneous hotel billings. In order to claim the refund, you must use the attached zip file. The zip file contains malware which loads a Trojan Horse onto your system. This Trojan Horse can be used to take control over your computer, giving the bad guy the ability to steal your personal information or turn your machine in spam zombie.
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