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Supposed iTunes gift certificates doing the rounds in the run-up to Thanksgiving are actually loaded with malware.

Spoofed emails purportedly offering $50 vouchers for the iTunes Store, which arrive with email subject lines such as "iTunes Gift Certificate", come with an attachment supposedly containing a certificate code. In reality, these zip file attachments are infected with the Windows PC-compatible malware, detected by Sophos as BredoZp-B and first spotted by German infosec group eleven-security*.

The scam - illustrated with screenshots and explained in more depth by net security firm Sophos here - is likely to be repeated by similar scams in the run up to Christmas, at least if previous years are anything to go by. ®

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* We'd like to think eleven-security employed someone called Nigel Tufnel as a spokesman but this is probably just a Spinal Tap-inspired flight of fancy on our part.

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