September 02, 2010You've got a fax ... NOT!
Malware spreaders will do anything to make their spam recipients do something unhealthy for their computers, privacy, and security. Foisting an email message claiming to come from a FAX service (efax.com, a legitimate company being abused by the bad guys) on unsuspecting victims will get plenty of them to open the attachment — which has a 37% detection rate on VirusTotal.
Here's what one of today's messages looks like:
One attachment is the image that you see in the message body. The other is a Trojan, identified by antivirus products as one of several possibilities. It doesn't really matter which specific malware type it is. Once a machine is infected with one type of malware, the PC can be repurposed for other bad things at will (and behind the scenes).
If you're a Windows user, and you open this particular attachment, you don't have a FAX, but you do have a big problem.Posted on September 02, 2010 at 02:00 PM