Kama Sutra malware threatens to put Windows users in awkward position

This isn't the first time that malware writers have invoked the power of Kama Sutra to try to trick computer users into infecting their machines

A Sophos IT security consultant has issued a warning not to fall prey to malware that uses a PowerPoint presentation demonstrating sexual positions from the Kama Sutra as its lure.

The "Real kamasutra.pps.exe" file spotted earlier this year drops onto your Windows PC if clicked and distracts you while other malware executables and a backdoor Trojan called Bckdr-RFM stealthily load onto your computer, writes Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos

"Once they have broken into your computer, they can use it to relay spam around the world, steal your identity, spy on your activities, install revenue-generating adware or launch denial of service attacks," Cluley writes of the malware, which exploits familiarity with the ancient Indian Hindu text on human sexual behavior.

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(Sophos has been the bearer of all sorts of good news this year, earlier this week telling our sister publication CSO that Facebook-based attacks are becoming an increased threat to Android smartphone users.)

This isn’t the first time that malware writers have invoked the power of Kama Sutra to try to trick computer users into infecting their machines. For example, a Kama Sutra e-mail worm struck back in early 2006. 

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