This hacking scheme is a real page-turner.
Edward Snowden's memoir "Permanent Record" just hit bookstore shelves, and it's already on its way to becoming a bestseller.
And while the U.S. Department of Justice is suing Snowden for the book's earnings, hackers are still looking to turn a profit.
Bloomberg reports on a form of malware which is taking advantage of the new release:
A type of malware called Emotet is being embedded in an email phishing campaign that offers Snowden’s book as an attachment.
The spam email claims the former government contractor’s story has been banned, then encourages readers to download, read and share his book, according to security researchers, who analyzed the campaign in recent days.
But when a recipient clicks on the attachment, there’s no book.
Instead, there’s a link that, if selected, buries malicious code into the unlucky clicker’s device.