I routinely get spam messages which state "Your account for [Insert game here] has been flagged. If you don't click this link/send us this info/go to this website in the next 72 hours, your account will be banned." I know that mails like this are pure spam, since the usual action the makers of these games do is ban first and ask questions later. I just delete them without clicking any links inside
However, I have the Outlook preview pane open, which shows a preview of the mail next to the list of emails. Can a crafty spam creator somehow hide something in this mail which could have a negative effect on my computer's health? something like a keylogger, a trojan or full-blown malware?
Assuming a fully patched version of Windows, Office 2013 and Norton 360, can someone hide malware in a message without an attachment but with embedded images?