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Windows 7: New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs

23 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 
New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs

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New wave of phishing attacks serves malware to PCs and Macs
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By Ed Bott

March 23, 2012, 5:24am PDT


Summary: Malware distributors have launched a new wave of attacks aimed at taking over unpatched PCs and Macs. They look like routine messages from a bank or a social network, but instead of phishing for passwords, theyíre serving up malware.


In the past few weeks, Iíve noticed an alarming increase in fraudulent email messages coming to some old, well-established email addresses of mine.


Itís not just the quantity of messages thatís noteworthy, itís the quality as well. This particular wave of attacks includes some attacks that are frighteningly real looking. And theyíre being used to serve up a toxic brew of malware to unprotected systems.


Consider these two examples of messages I received this week. The first appears to be a fraud alert from American Express:







It has all the right logos, and the wording has the same professional tone and grammatical accuracy I would expect of a legitimate communication from American Express. Unlike many phishing messages, this one made me look much more closely, and I suspect that the click-through rate was higher than most such attempts.

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24 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Thank you for this information. Forewarned is forearmed.
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24 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

It's "better to be safe then sorry"! If it doesn't look right, doesn't feel right, talks like a duck... toss it out!

Unfortunately too many are caught up in this stuff simply from not being attentive enough as well as being novices and unaware of the snares. Like I try telling some other people if you don't know the source is valid dump it!
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24 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

kind of scary if you think about it dam cyber criminals, will keep a look out for stuff like this best thing to do would be to call your bank or w/e the email was to the main provider to find out if this is real or not
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24 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

The best thing to do is doubt even the regular emails from valid sources and go direct to the bank or other's own main site where you know just where you are! Too many of these types of mailing are cleverly designed to seem so real until the trap is sprung "on you"!

You see similar tactics with offers to try a new antispyware program only to find it was a nicely gift wrapped I-Worm virus! It's like I try getting this across to one friend with a reading disability that all that junk mail in his inbox should go! But he wants to see just what each one is! and remains stubborn until zingo!
(one bug created a new admin account and locked him out!)

Here I direct all of the garbage mail into one account and end up forwarding all of it to the report spam for whatever good that does. Then all of it ends up in the junk folder where it is automatically deleted after a day or so.

These particular types of phising scams however entice people to try and log into a ficticious site made to look like the genuine article providing someone else with "your" information! From there the "they" can now access your own account!

While there will always be some other new bug as well as report it does serve as a constant reminder often needed for people to use "common sense"! Unfortunately some will often get distracted and "want to see" just what some email is about. "we got you now!"
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