Oct. 3, 2011 at 1:07 PM ET
Taking advantage of the white-hot anticipation of Apple's big iPhone 5 reveal Tuesday, malware in the form of a preview email seems to be targeting Windows users.
Sophos' Graham Cluley posted about the lurking danger, using the Dutch-based Personal Computer Magazine's Abram Wagenaar as an example of a journalist who has been sent an email purporting to be from the official Apple camp.
@PCMAbram posted a pic of the email in a Twitter update. (See image above.)
While the idea of a see-through iPhone is the stuff of sci-fi dreams, nothing we've seen in the legit rumor mill even comes close to such an astounding revelation. And 5GS? That's almost more absurd. But nevertheless, we can understand how the temptation to click on the crazy can be a compulsion, especially when the buzz is so big. The target audience is there: It's predicted that 41 percent of mobile phone users are going to buy an iPhone 5.
Cluley says that for those who can't resist clicking, it "takes you to some Windows malware (lucky Mac fans are being ignored by the hackers on this occasion) which Sophos detects as Mal/Zapchas-A."
At least it sounds curable with standard anti-virus software. Sophos says that protection has been available for this variety of bug since July 2008.
Windows users have already come under attack this year with fake iPhone 5 emails, right around WWDC time. But that email was even more implausible, showing a built-in slide keyboard. Please, people! Think before you click.