American executives are the latest targets of an incognito email virus that comes packaged as an authentic-looking subpoena demanding the corporate heads appear before a California grand jury. There have been several victims of the attack, the New York Times reports, which is thought to originated in Singapore or China—and could be spearheaded by a group that tried an attack last November.
Execs who download software to view their “subpoenas” unwittingly give criminals access to passwords and other corporate information; the malware even allows the perpetrators to control the victim computers remotely. Only 40% of popular antivirus programs succeed in intercepting the scam messages. An expert said one particular part of the financial industry has been targeted, but did not elaborate.