Malicious ‘Payment request from’ email attack strikes inboxes

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Please be careful. Malicious hackers have spammed out the latest incarnation of a campaign designed to compromise your computer – this time disguising their emails as though they were payment requests from eBay.

The emails have a blank message body, but have a file called form.html attached.

Message characteristics:

Subject: Payment request from
From: “eBay” <eBay@reply1.ebay.com>
Attachment: form.html

Of course it’s a sneaky piece of social engineering on the behalf of the hackers. Many people would be tempted to open the attachment to find out what on earth the email is about..

And opening the attachment (which Sophos detects as Troj/JSRedir-BV) redirects your web browser to a recently compromised webpage on a legitimate site infected with…

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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