Intuit payroll free trial email launches malware attack

Graham Cluley
Graham Cluley
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Have you received an unsolicited email from – what appears to be – Intuit Supplies Group? Be on your guard..

Malware is being spammed out to internet email users, posing as a message from the payroll software company Intuit.

The emails have the subject line “Your Intuit Online Payroll Free Trial”, but attached to the messages is a ZIP file containing a malicious Trojan horse.

The email looks convincing enough, and you can understand how some individuals and small businesses might feel tempted to learn more about the offer which they believe has been sent to them.

However, the attached ZIP file (which is 196,096 bytes in size) contains a malicious file called

Intuit Online Payroll Free Trial Detailed information.exe

which is designed to compromise the recipient’s computer.

Of course, the emails are not really from Intuit – they are innocent casualties of…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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