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Cybercriminals Use Malicious Control Panel Files to Infect Computers

17
Dec
2013

Researchers from Trend Micro have come across an interesting cybercriminal operation that uses malicious control panel (CPL) files in order to infect devices with malware.

The attack starts with a spam email that usually appears to be related to financial matters. These bogus notifications carry an RTF document.

When the document is opened, victims are presented with a thumbnail and a piece of text that instructs them to double-click on the image in order to make it l…

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