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'Exceptive Deduction for You' Malware Email


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According to this 'trade announcement' email, the sending company is going out of business and, as one of the company's ' best frequenters' you can take advantage of a final 70% off sale. The message urges you to open an attached file to view a priceless and access an 'identificational number' that you can produce to get your discount.

The email comes with an attached .zip file called 'special_pricelist_and_identificational_number.zip'.

But, alas, the email is not from a grammatically challenged shop staff member as you might think and no bargains are to be had. And, the attachment contains neither a price list nor any form of 'identificational number'. Instead, the email contains malware.

Opening the the attached .zip file and clicking on the file hidden inside installs the malware.

Once installed, this malware may download more malware, steal information such as passwords from the infected computer, and allow online crooks to access and control the computer from afar.

As malware messages go, this one is rather lame. The strange grammar and spelling in the message along with the fact that it makes no effort to identify the company that is supposedly going out of business should be enough to immediately raise red flags. Nevertheless, at least a few less computer savvy users will likely get caught out.

   

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Subject: exceptive deduction for you

Dear frequenter.
Unluckily for us , but not for you , we are going out of biz !
We thought you would be engaged in this trade announcement that we are sending at the moment.
Commencing on 07/14/15 to next week , all in our shop will be up for sale with 70 % reduction for our best frequenters. In the applied papers you will get pricelist and identificational number that you should produce to take an advantage of special expenses. We will look forward to seeing you very soon ,
Truly John Wallace Holder

Attached .zip file: special_pricelist_and_identificational_number.zip Contains: special_pricelist_and_identificational_number.scr


Malware Email

Last updated: July 21, 2015
First published: July 21, 2015
By Brett M. Christensen
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