Outbreak: Fake Fedex Tracking Number emails carry malware

Cybercriminals have spammed out a widespread email attack, distributing malware in messages pretending to come from Fedex.

The emails, which have subject lines beginning “Fedex Tracking number” followed by a random reference number, pretend to come from named personnel inside “Fedex Support” and claim that the company was unable to deliver a package on the 27th of July.

Other emails being sent in the attack use a subject line of “Fedex Invoice copy” and “Fedex Item Status”, both followed by a random reference number.

Unlike many of the other Fedex-related malware attacks we have seen in the past, the emails carry the message about the failed delivery in the form of an image rather than text – possibly in an attempt to try and defeat more rudimentary anti-spam filters.

Attached to the emails is a file called

FEDEXInvoiceEE<random number>OP.zip

which Sophos detects as…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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