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Botnet Unleashes Variety Of New Phishing Attacks
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 17:29

Attackers use phony messages of system upgrades, Outlook updates, and Microsoft Conficker 'cleanup tool' to spread malware

Oct 19, 2009 | 05:31 PM
By Kelly Jackson Higgins
DarkReading

The massive Zbot botnet that spreads the treacherous Zeus banking Trojan has been launching a wave of relatively convincing phishing attacks during the past few days -- the most recent of which is a phony warning of a mass Conficker infection from Microsoft that comes with a free "cleanup tool."

The wave of attacks began early last week targeting corporations in the form of email messages that alerted victims of a "system upgrade." Email is accompanied by poisoned attachments and links; in some cases it poses as a message from victims' IT departments, including their actual email domains, and alerts them about a "security upgrade" to their email accounts. The message then refers victims to a link to reset their mailbox accounts, and the link takes them to a site that looks a lot like an Outlook Web Access (OWA) page (PDF), but instead infects them with the Zeus Trojan. [Comments...]

 

 

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