Email attachments posing as invitations to attend the Beijing Olympics could exploit security vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office applications, warns an internet security solution company.
Attachment files named attachment .doc, appeal_letter_of_fttj.doc, attend_the_opening_ceremony_of_the_29th_olympic_games_in_beijing.doc, five_resolutions.doc, or lingotto_con_fiat.doc, have been identitified as potential malware, or software that could damage or infiltrate a computer. ”Opening these documents may make your computer vulnerable to attack,” says Niraj Kaushik, Country Manager - India and SAARC at Trend Micro Inc., a software security firm. When opened, the files could ”allow remote attackers to take complete control of an affected system, or cause the application to crash.” he added.
Similar alerts have already been put out by security firms McAfee Inc. and Message Labs Ltd.