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'Image Has Been Sent by Evernote' Malware Email


Email purporting to be from note taking application Evernote claims that an image has been sent and invites users to click a link to view the image.

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Brief Analysis

Evernote did not send the email and has no connection to it.  The message is a criminal ruse designed to trick people into downloading and installing malware.


From: EvernoteService
Subject: (Recipient email address removed) Image has been sent
Importance: High

(Recipient email address removed)

Image has been sent. DSC_990341.jpg 23 Kbytes

Go To Evernote

Evernote Malware Email

Detailed Analysis

According to this email, which purports to be from popular note taking application Evernote, an image addressed to the recipient has been sent.  The message includes a clickable "Go to Evernote" button.  The name of the supposed image is also clickable.

However, Evernote did not send the email. Nor did it send an image as claimed. Clicking the links in the message will not open an image stored in Evernote as suggested in the message.

Both links lead to a compromised website that harbours malware. Once on the site, a few users may be tricked into downloading and installing a malicious file in the mistaken belief that they need to do so to view the supposed Evernote image.

The specific type of malware hosted on the compromised website may vary in different incarnations of the scam. Typically, however, such malware can harvest personal information from the infected computer and make connections to remote servers operated by criminals. It may also download and install more malware and join the infected computer to a botnet. Sending out malicious emails that claim to be from well-known companies is a common criminal tactic.

Users need to apply caution and common sense before clicking links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails.

Last updated:February 2, 2014
First published: February 2, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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