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National Australia Bank Goes Bankrupt Scam Email

Summary:
Email claims that the National Australia Bank is going bankrupt and directs recipients to click on a link included in the message in order to read more information (Full commentary below.)



Status:
False - The link leads to a malicious website that can install a trojan on the users computer.

Example:(Received, June 2006)
Subject: National Bank goes bankrupt?!

People starting panic withdrawals, some of the accounts were reported closed due to technical reasons, many ATMs are not operating. Does it seem that one of the Australia's greatest goes bankrupt?

The full story could be found here: [Link Removed]

Well, hope that isn't true... Anyway You'd rather check your balance...




Commentary:
In mid June 2006 a new email scam began targeting customers of the National Australia Bank (NAB). The email claims that the NAB is going bankrupt and directs recipients to click on a link included in the message in order to read more information.

Clicking the link will open a webpage that may automatically install a malicious trojan onto the user's computer. According to the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), the trojan exploits vulnerabilities in both the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers. AusCERT identifies the threat as a variant of the Haxdoor trojan.

If you receive a message similar to the one shown above, do not click on any links in the body of the message.

More information:
AusCERT:Malicious "National Bank bankrupt" email links to sites targeting multiple web browsers
Australian IT - 'Bankrupt' email hits NAB


Last updated: 15th June 2006
First published: 15th June 2006

Write-up by Brett M. Christensen