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Snowden’s Book Is a Bestseller -- and a Honeypot for Hackers

Copies of Edward Snowden’s book titled "Permanent Record."
Copies of Edward Snowden’s book titled "Permanent Record."Photographer: Jorg Carstensen/dpa/AFP via Getty Images

Edward Snowden’s memoir “Permanent Record” is a best seller. Hackers are trying to cash in on it, too.

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 Malwarebytes Inc., which analyzed the campaign in recent days.