FDIC notification malware attack spammed out

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Sophos’s worldwide network of honeytraps are intercepting a large amount of malicious email, claiming to come from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The emails are designed to infect recipients’ computers.

Subject line:

FDIC Notification

Message body:

Dear customer,
Your account ACH and WIRE transaction have been temporarily suspended for security reasons due to the expiration of your security version. To download and install the newest installations read the document(pdf) attached below.

As soon as it is setup, you transaction abilities will be fully restored.

Best Regards, Online Security departament, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Attached to the emails is a file called FDIC_document.zip.

Sophos proactively detects the file, calling it Mal/BredoZp-B. Our advice is that you should not open the attachment as it will…

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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