BBB assistance malware attack strikes again

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Once again, cybercriminals have spammed out emails claiming to come from the Better Business Bureau (BBB), with the intention of infecting Windows computers with malware.

SophosLabs has intercepted a widespread malware attack that is being spammed out as an attachment to an email claiming to come from the BBB.

The emails vary in their wording, but all claim that a consumer has complained about the company receiving the email. The details of the complaint, naturally, are contained inside the attached “BBB Report.zip” file (which, of course, contains malware).

It should go without saying that the emails do not really come from the Better Business Bureau. The criminals behind the campaign are simply adopting the disguise of the BBB in the hope that you will take the message seriously and open the attached file.

Here’s just a small selection of the emails SophosLabs experts have blocked, which demonstrate how the wording can morph:

Here’s the typical sort of wording we are…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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