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Malware warning! Fake CNN email says Syria attacked

Matt Twomey
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There's a fake CNN report going around via spam saying "The United States began bombing!" in Syria , and clicking it may result in malware downloading onto your device.

Clicking "Full story" after the two-sentence lead triggers the download of a Trojan Downloader and various other malware, computer security company Kaspersky Lab told CNBC. The spam targets older, vulnerable versions of Adobe Reader and Java.

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The two sentences contain conspicuous errors: "(CNN) -- Pentagon officials said that the United States launched the first strikes against Syria. It was dropped about 15 bomn on stalitsu syria Damascus. Full story >>"

The fake report is attributed to the real CNN correspondent Casey Wian, and may be accompanied by a photograph showing billowing black smoke over a street scene.

President Barack Obama has called for military action in Syria in response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the regime of President Bashar Assad , but his plans have met with stiff opposition both at home and abroad.

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-By CNBC's Matt Twomey. Follow him on Twitter @Matt_Twomey.

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