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Pond-dwelling scammers are seeking to exploit interest in last weekend's Brazilian airline disaster to tempt potential victims onto a site hosting a Trojan downloader.

The malware attempts to install a banking keylogger onto the PCs of potential marks. The attack, written in Portuguese, targets online banking customers in Brazil, a major centre of phishing attacks.

Scam emails contain subject lines such as "fw: as fotos do acidente do boeing da Gol!", as illustrated in an advisory by web security firm Websense.

The ruse attempts to exploit prurient interest in a disaster that killed all 155 people on-board a Boeing 737 jet that crashed into a remote stretch of Brazilian jungle.

Similar - though arguably less sophisticated attacks - followed last year's London bombing attacks, hurricane Katrina, and the Asian tsunami of 2004. No human disaster these days is complete without a topical piece of malware. The language of these malware-promoting scam emails is no longer restricted to English, as the Brazilian Gol Airlines scam shows. ®

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