O'Melveny & Myers played an unwilling role in a widespread e-mail scam discovered on Monday.
According to Above the Law, which broke the news, e-mail recipients were told they were the subject of a grand jury subpoena, which was attached to the e-mail. The e-mails apparently originated in London and were bounced off U.S. court servers.
When run, the attachments apparently communicate with a command center in Singapore and can install spyware, including a keylogger to record the end user's keystrokes, SC Magazine reported, which is aimed at IT security professionals. Thousands of chief executives across the country were targeted by the e-mails, according to SC.
The U.S. Courts Web site even had a warning up. There’s been no word reported yet about whether any of the executive targets fell for the ploy.
— Niraj Chokshi