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What happens if a person accidentally opens the December bbb phishing scam

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Dec 4, 2012 4:40 AM

What happens if a person opened the attached document noted as a case number from the BBB?  The phishing scam is from Dec. 2012.  The "document" is malware.  Can the developers destroy the computer or obtain banking and such personal information? 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,930 points)

    I am not familiar with the particular phishing scam you're referring to. However, in general, it is not possible for a simple document attached to an e-mail message to infect a Mac user who has kept their system and software properly updated.

     

    There has been one particular Mac trojan that was distributed through malicious Microsoft Office documents, which relied on an Office vulnerability that was closed years ago. Only someone using a very outdated version of Office, and who has turned off or ignored update notifications for a long time, could possibly be infected. Even then, this particular trojan (Sabpab) was only e-mailed in a very targeted way to members of a Tibetan human rights organization, not a BBB phishing scam.

     

    For more about this sort of thing, see my Mac Malware Guide.

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