Monday, December 5, 2011

Holiday Package Malware Grinch

With all the packages shipped over the holidays, Rainmakers should be aware that their online customers will be targeted by the Malware Grinch who typically first send a spam email telling them that their package was "delayed" and they need to do something to "fix the shipping mistake." If the email is from a legitimate online retailer or shipper, no action is requested. But with tracking capabilities, a spammer can tell if the customer clicks on a link they sent. Now, all they have to do is send those people a fake email from a shipping company telling them that they have to download an attachment so they can "clear up any shipping issues before it’s too late." The "attachment" actually contains malware that once installed, infects the victim’s computer enabling the collection of sensitive information.

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