Spamvertised 'Tax information needed urgently' emails lead to malware

Spamvertised 'Tax information needed urgently' emails lead to malware

Summary: Security researchers from AppRiver, have intercepted a currently spamvertised malware campaign, enticing end users into clicking on malicious links.

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Security researchers from AppRiver, have intercepted a currently spamvertised malware campaign, enticing end users into clicking on malicious links.

Impersonating INTUIT Inc., the maker of the popular tax software TurboFax, cybercriminals are spamvertising links are attempting to trick end users into thinking that "it appears that your name and/or Taxpayer Identification Number, that is stated on your account is different from the data obtained from the Social Security Administration", and that by clicking on link found in the malicious email, they will get the opportunity to check the data on their account.

Upon clicking on  the link, a trojan horse is dropped on the targeted PC using a malicious Javascript.

Users are advised to avoid interacting with suspicious emails, and to ensure that their hosts are free from vulnerabilities most commonly exploited by web malware exploitation kits.

Topics: Security, Collaboration, Malware

Dancho Danchev

About Dancho Danchev

Dancho Danchev is an independent security consultant and cyber threats analyst, with extensive experience in open source intelligence gathering, malware and cybercrime incident response.

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  • RE: Spamvertised 'Tax information needed urgently' emails lead to malware

    Thanks for the info but a couple of things -
    1. I believe that Intuit make TurboTax as a tax program, not TurboFax as printed.
    2. I can't get the image of a trojan horse being dropped on to the defenseless PC. So much wood so many Trojans! Re phrase?
    Agnostic_OS
  • RE: Spamvertised 'Tax information needed urgently' emails lead to malware

    Thanks for the useful information but the emails we get as spam shouldnt be opened and just ignoring is good thing
    jerald76