Malicious email spammers have used another federal agency to launch cyberattacks. The Justice Department warned yesterday in a press release that spammers are using DOJ's name and logo to induce recipients of an email to click on an attachment that may cause "malicious software â€" e.g., viruses, keystroke loggers, or other Trojan horse programs â€" to be launched on their computers," according to the release.
"The messages are believed to assert that the recipients or their businesses have been the subject of complaints filed with DOJ and also forwarded to the Internal Revenue Service," the release states. "In addition, such email messages may provide a case number, and state that the complaint was â€œfilled [sic] by Mr. Henry Stewart.â€
The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Trade Commission and the Internal Revenue Service have been subjects of similar malicious emails.