Email malware

Microsoft Kills Off a Botnet!

 October 4, 2011

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In the battle against Internet Scammers, Microsoft opened a new front using the power of a U.S. court to deal a knockout blow to an emerging botnet and taking a provider of free Internet domains offline. Microsoft got the order from the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – Phishing Scam

 September 27, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

The number of email frauds occurring in India is on a rise. ‘Phishing scam’ refers to a fraudulent activity where the scammer sends fake emails to people and convinces them about the official validity of such mails. Surprisingly, I have come across a few emails which are targeting the RBI,...

VISA and MasterCard Scam – Beware

 September 20, 2011

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This morning I want to inform you about another scam that was brought to my notice. This one involves Visa and MasterCard credit cards. There is a fake email doing the rounds and it carries a panicky subject line – “Important Notice to all Debit Card Users”. It also has...

Phishing Attack – PayPal Account

 September 12, 2011

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Scammers behind this PayPal scam send PayPal users an official looking email asking them to verify their account or identity. The email is addressed as “Dear PayPal Customer” and the email looks like an official PayPal email. It also carries an .html file as an attachment. The mail misguides users...

Your package has arrived!

 September 11, 2011

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The email shown below seems to arrive from United Parcel Service (UPS) International Shipping Company but in reality it is not. In fact, it has a hidden link to a malicious website. It downloads a binary invoice[random_number].JPG.exe with double extensions which looks as if it is an image file. Quick...

DHL – Email Scam

 September 10, 2011

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We all know if you want your ordered goods to be at your doorstep then you opt for DHL. But cyber-criminals are now taking advantage of DHL emails and they are now sending fake emails with the same format to random users. The email shows up the following screenshot: This...

Another Fake IRS Notification

 September 7, 2011

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Recently we received the following email: This is a fake “IRS Notification”. As can be seen from the mail, it asks the user to fill up the following form: We have been seeing many such fake notification mails containing an attachment like “IRS”. After analysis we found that it...

Phishing Attack – SBI Bank

 September 6, 2011

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Phishing is a common form of Internet scam. It is deployed to steal confidential financial information like bank account numbers, net banking passwords, credit card numbers, personal identity details etc. Indian banks are specially getting targeted by such attacks. We came across a mail which is targeting SBI customers and...

NACHA – ACH Payment Cancelled Scam

 September 5, 2011

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An email purporting to be from NACHA, the Electronic Payments Association, is currently being fraudulently circulated to unsuspecting individuals and corporations. The email claims that a certain payment has been cancelled and then induces readers to download the attached ZIP file for details of said cancellation. The mail typically looks...


 September 2, 2011

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Today we received the following email: ************************************************************** From: “Squirrel Mail Development Team” Subject: UPDATE YOUR E-MAIL SECURITY IMMEDIATELY (IUEU) Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2011 19:14:23 +0700 X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000 X-EMLSPAM: 0 X-EMLSPAM-SCORE: -100 Dear E-Mail User Due to the package compromise of 1.4.11,1.4.12 and 1.4.13, we are forced...