A new social engineering phishing campaign attempts to capitalise on the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Spam messages teasing camera phone footage of the Virginia Tech shootings have begun flooding inboxes worldwide. These messages, however, are infected with malware and could pose major problems if clicked through. 

SophosLabs discovered the malicious spam yesterday through its Behavioral Genotype Protection technology.
The link within the spam messages points viewers to a file entitled TERROR_EM_VIRGINIA.scr. If downloaded, the link installs a banking Trojan on the users computer system (detected as Mal/Packer by Sophos products) which can be used by cybercriminals to steal passwords, user names and account numbers.
The spammed emails claim to point to camera phone footage of the campus shootings.
"It is extremely disturbing that cybercriminals have so quickly jumped to exploiting this horrible tragedy. Unfortunately, it’s not that surprising," says Ron O'Brien, senior security analyst with Sophos.
"We’ve seen similar behavior with other tragedies like Hurricane Katrina and the death of Pope John Paul II. Cybercriminals prey on the interest of concerned citizens hoping for the latest information on breaking news and, if history repeats itself, we’ll see this campaign continue until interest fades."