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Beware! Fake piracy warning emails contain a dangerous Trojan

Beware! Fake piracy warning emails contain a dangerous Trojan
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I've showed you how to spot a fake email in the past, but this one affects an estimated 30,000 Internet users in Germany, and a good portion of them are seeking legal counsel.

The emails seem to come from companies like EMI, Sony, DreamWorks and Paramount and represent artists like Jay-Z, R Kelly, James Blunt and metal band Sepultura. The goal? To get you to pay up to 500 euros for copyright infringement and illegal downloads.

Here's what is says:

This is a warning because of your violation of § 19a of the Copyright Act on 07.06.2014. The music album ‘Bullet For My Valentine – Temper Temper’ was downloaded from your IP address 8.149.94.13 at 3:40:24.

This violates § 19a of the Copyright Act and must be reported to the responsible District Court. Only the fastest possible payment of a fine of 400.88 euros can prevent this. We expect payment within the next 48 hours.

For details see the attached document XXXXXXXXX.zip

It seems like a legitimate email, especially if you download music illegally, but the .zip file is actually a dangerous Trojan horse that can steal your credit card and other personal data connected to online accounts.

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