…it downloads a virus instead.
TrendLabs has received reports of a spammed email message that advises users to download an Internet Explorer 7 update. Below is the image attached in the said message:
However, once unsuspecting users click on this image, they are redirected instead to a Web site that downloads a file named IE7.0.exe. This file, while also legitimate-looking, is actually a file infector that Trend Micro detects as PE_GRUM.B-O.
Trend Micro always advises users to avoid clicking on links that come from untrusted sources. However, given this enhanced social engineering (it uses legitimate-looking IE7 images, etc.), I guess the lesson here is that while keeping one’s applications and programs updated is a good practice, users should just make sure that they go straight to the source (in this case, the Microsoft Web site), instead of someplace else. With the rise of Web-based threats that spoof even the “trusted” sites and/or organizations, it’s better to be safe than sorry.