Charter flight reservation emails carry dangerous malware payload

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Once again, email users are being reminded to be wary of unsolicited email attachments – as a criminal gang spams out an attack designed to infect Windows computers.

The emails, which all have a subject line of “Charter flight reservation”, claim to be related to the reservation of a charter flight for multiple people.

However, attached to the emails is a file called Report-D9935.zip that contains malware.

Just as with another malware campaign seen this week, the messages can vary and spelling mistakes appear to have been deliberately and semi-randomly included in an attempt to avoid detection by rudimentary filters.

Here is a small sample of the many different message bodies that we have seen:

Please confirm your resrevation of charter flight.
Your secreatry has reserved a charter flight for 55 persons. We have caluclate a price for rent this trip with a Airbus A320 aircraft. More informaiton you can get from attached booklet…

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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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