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Issue 145 - December 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 10

RapidFax Malware Email

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Email purporting to be from fax to email service RapidFax claims that a received fax can be viewed by opening an attached file.

Brief Analysis
The message is not from RapidFax. The attached zip file contains malware.

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Last updated: December 5, 2012
First published: December 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Subject: Inbound Fax

A fax has been received.

MCFID = 74887842
Time Received = Tue, 04 Dec 2012 10:56:12 +0700
Fax Number = 7302936127
ANI = 7272765955
Number of Pages = 16
CSID = 78125793173
Fax Status Code = Successful

Please do not reply to this email.

RapidFAX Customer Service

Rapidgax Malware Email

Detailed Analysis
This message, which purports to be from online fax to email service RapidFax, claims that a fax has been received and can be viewed by opening an attached file. The email includes a list of details about the supposed fax along with the RapidFax logo and links to associated websites.

However, the email is not from RapidFax and the attachment does not contain a fax as claimed. In fact, the attachment contains a .zip file that harbours a trojan. Unzipping the attached file reveals a malicious .exe file. If the user proceeds to open this .exe file, the trojan will be installed on his or her computer.

Typically, such trojans can make contact with remote servers controlled by cybercriminals, harvest sensitive information from the compromised computer and download further malware.

If you receive one of these emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it may contain.

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RapidFax Alert with attached ZIP file contains trojan

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  2. 'You Have Received a Secure Message' Malware Emails
  3. Christmas Cards For Dalton Dingus
  4. Jim Carrey is NOT Dead
  5. Australian Power & Gas 'Payment Receipt' Malware Emails
  6. Gmail 'Update Account' Phishing Scam
  7. Starbucks Lack of Support For Iraq Troops Rumor
  8. Holiday Horrors - Are Common Seasonal Decorations Toxic?
  9. Facebook 'Site Governance' Email is Legitimate
  10. RapidFax Malware Email
  11. Facebook Survey Scam - Free Bunnings Gift Card
  12. Plea to Help Find Homes for 52 Thoroughbred Horses
  13. Giant Table and Chairs Horse Shelter Photograph
  14. Wrestling Star John Cena is NOT Dead
  15. Facebook 'Pirates' Fraud Warning
  16. Leptospirosis Death Warning - Rat Urine on Soda Can Top
  17. Egg Windshield Attack Robbery Warning
  18. 'Assistance Internet' Email Account Phishing Scam
  19. Misleading Health Advice Email - 'Mayo Clinic on Aspirin and Heart Attacks'