'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

Summary: Multiple vendors are reporting on a currently ongoing spamvertised scareware-serving campaign, that's brand-jacking the FBI.

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Multiple vendors are reporting on a currently ongoing spamvertised scareware-serving campaign, that's brand-jacking the FBI. The marked with "High Priority" emails attempt to impersonate the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Sample subject: You visit illegal websites

Sample message: Sir/Madam, we have logged your IP-address on more than 40 illegal Websites. Important: Please answer our questions! The list of questions are attached. pbu bx ng

Sample attachment: document.zip

Upon execution document.exe drops a copy of the XP Total Security scareware, and is currently detected as Trojan.Zlob.2.Gen.

Users are advised to avoid interacting with suspicious links and email attachments found in email messages.

Topics: Government US, Browser, Collaboration, Government, Malware, Security

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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: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

    And what OS is affected by this.

    I think we can safely dispense with three guesses.
    ScorpioBlue
    • Obviously the ones worth going after

      @ScorpioBlue
      Why target Linux? Only 4 or 5 people use that OS for their desktop.

      That was the answer you where fishing for right?
      Bill Pharaoh
      • You're so funny, Bill

        I'm doubling over with laughter.

        lol... :D
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

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  • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

    So, can I ignore ANY e-mails from the FBI or anyone else because of this, threatening me for supposed illegal downloading?

    If you cannot be sure that the e-mail is legitimate...
    Lerianis10
    • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

      @Lerianis10

      I think the real FBI would be talking to you with BOOTMAIL, likely a size 10 through your front door.
      spin498
      • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

        @spin498
        or larger.
        partman1969@...
  • Fake FBI message

    This phishing scam plays on people's fear of being singled out for investigation. It also plays on ignorance, people in the US have the right read almost anything; the exception is child porn. If the FBI is investigating a target, they don't use a generic email to notify the target.

    When in doubt, look up and contact the sender; do not reply to the email. The FBI might be interested that someone is spoofing them, which is a crime.
    sboverie
    • You mean gullibility - not fear

      @sboverie@... [i]"...This phishing scam plays on people's fear .."[/i]

      Only a complete ignoramus is stupid enough to think a federal agency has time to spam via web popups.

      .. come on! are you serious? This is a problem with a dumbed down, thick as pig s@#t society that needs to be spoon fed in order to survive.

      Get a clue .. and stop inverting things.
      thx-1138_
      • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

        @thx-1138_@...
        Interesting, it should have been spelled s#@t if you are using the past tense.
        sboverie
  • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

    Unless you've harmed your machine already (you dummy), don't be concerned until they bust your door down.
    partman1969@...
  • How to combat the FBI

    Let's face it. Regardless of the legalisms the Justice Department spews at us on the subject of no-knock raids, such a raid is clearly un-Constitutional. No self-respecting officer would ever participate in such an action. Which means the only ones who do are uniformed criminals.<br><br>Step 1: Make sure you always lock your doors and windows. Like all theives, it won't stop them, but it will slow them down, and may provide evidence they've been in your house. Also works well against ordinary burglars, and light-fingered hobbits.<br><br>Step 2: Reinforce your doors. A steel door with a well-secured steel frame takes several swings with a ram; especially if you have more than one bolt to break.<br><br>Step 2a: You know those floor to ceiling glass windows framing your entry door make it really easy to get into your home? Get rid of them.<br><br>Step 2b: That includes your pretty sliding french doors to the patio.<br><br>Step 3: Have 911 on speed dial for your cell phone, land line, and your cable connection. That gives 3 means of alerting your local police department that you're being broken into by forces unknown. The hard lines can be cut, but it's harder to jam a cell signal without alerting other people. When you do reach the 911 operator, tell them to send EVERYTHING! Police, Fire, and Ambulance. Because if it's a no-knock raid, those animals are coming in with the intention of seriously hurting you and your family.<br><br>Step 4: Use all three of those communication lines to try to contact your lawyer, and the news media. Bad cops HATE legal eagles and being put under bright lights by nosy reporters.<br><br>Step 5: Make sure that you and your family say absolutely nothing except: "Where is your warrant?" "I invoke my right to silence." "I want to speak to my lawyer."
    Dr_Zinj
    • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

      @Dr_Zinj

      No-knock warrants ARE legal - upheld here:

      http://www.justice.gov/olc/noknock.htm

      and discussed and referenced here:

      http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/no-knock_warrant

      Don't fool yourself: they may not be moral, you may not like or agree with them, but they are a fact and have been upheld on numerous occasions....

      Good advice, though re: your Step 5...
      poppaman2
      • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

        @poppaman2

        How about step 6: Large caliber projectile propelled at high rate of speed by gases expanding from the combustion of a flammable solid at anyone entering uninvited? They'll certainly identify themselves then.

        They may have the right to just kick in the door, but often, the legal occupant has the right to protect themselves (see especially "castle doctrines" - Florida and Indiana are two states that have them)

        But generally, if you haven't done anything wrong, they won't use the gestapo-tactics (unless your neighbor is using your unsecured wi-fi to download child porn)
        reziol
  • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

    Thanks for the article. My non-tech-savvy girlfriend received just this mail earlier this evening. Despite my "it's crap - ignore it" opinions, she was still somewhat concerned until I showed her a proper article pretty much repeating what I'd told her.

    Given that we live in Scotland I somehow doubt the FBI would be bothering to email us!
    Iain@...
  • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

    btw french doors dont slide, you're thinking of sliding doors.

    Also, how would anyone get your email address from a logged IP address?
    Mytheroo
  • RE: 'You visit illegal websites' FBI-themed emails lead to scareware

    reziol do not resist the police in any way they WILL kill you right now and how through the head if you lucky and not if through the stomach and then stand on you until you die just like the police of Columbus Ohio when they kill a juvenile I remember the store clerks were traumatized by watching. I remember the mayor thought it was real fine thing to torture dieing people after all their dieing right no crime there? Of course if the home invaders kick you door in your dead anyway.
    Altotus
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