Watch out! Widespread wire transfer confirmation emails carry malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Cybercriminals have widely spammed out a malware campaign today, posing as a confirmation email about a wire transfer.

A typical email looks like this:

Subject: Fwd: Re: Wire Transfer Confirmation

Dear Bank Account Operator,
WIRE TRANSACTION: WIRE-[random number] CURRENT STATUS: REJECTED

You can find details in the attached file. (Microsoft Word format)

The precise subject line used by the emails can vary, as the below snapshot demonstrates:

Attached to the emails is a file called Transaction_N48823.zip (obviously the spammers could change this filename at any time) which contains an executable file.

Sophos is adding detection of the ZIP file as Troj/BredoZp-KQ and the Trojan horse contained within as Troj/Bredo-ZT. Users of Sophos’s anti-spam solutions were already protected.

Interestingly, in the example above, the malicious email claims to have come from Habbo Hotel – a…

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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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