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Federal Bureau of Investigation Warns Public of Fraudulent Spam Email

October 14th, 2009 . by DarkFiber Consulting

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released information warning the public about fraudulent email messages purporting to come from the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security. These email messages contain a malicious attachment that claims to provide an intelligence report or bulletin, but in reality attempts to launch malware on the user’s system.

More information regarding these messages can be found in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New E-Scams and Warnings web site.

To help protect against this type of attack, DarkFiber Consulting recommends that users avoid opening attachments contained in unsolicited email messages. Additional tips regarding email attachments can be found in the DarkFiber Consulting Cyber Security Tip – Using Caution with Email Attachments.

Airline E-ticket Email Attack

July 31st, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports indicating that a new email attack is circulating. This attack uses email messages that appear to be from legitimate airlines and contain information about a bogus e-ticket. These email messages instruct the user to open the attachment to obtain the e-ticket. If a user opens this attachment, a file may be executed to infect the user’s system with malicious code.

Reports, including a posting by Sophos, indicate that these messages have the following characteristics. Please note that these attributes may change at any time.

  • The subject line “E-Ticket#XXXXXXXXXX”
  • An attachment named “eTicket#XXXX.zip”

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to take the following preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks:

New Storm Worm Activity Spreading

July 29th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting is aware of public reports of a new Storm Worm Campaign. The latest campaign is centered around messages related to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Facebook. This Trojan horse virus is spread via an unsolicited email message that contains a link to a malicious website. This website contains a link, that when clicked, may run the executable file “fbi_facebook.exe” to infect the user’s system with malicious code.

Reports, including a posting by Sophos, indicate the following email subject lines are being used. Please note that subject lines can change at any time.

  • F.B.I. may strike Facebook
  • F.B.I. watching us
  • The FBI’s plan to “profile” Facebook
  • The FBI has a new way of tracking Facebook
  • F.B.I. are spying on your Facebook profiles
  • F.B.I. busts alleged Facebook
  • Get Facebook’s F.B.I. Files
  • Facebook’s F.B.I. ties
  • F.B.I. watching you

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to take the following preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks:

New Storm Worm Variant Spreading

July 14th, 2008 . by DarkFiber Consulting

DarkFiber Consulting has received reports of new Storm Worm activity. The latest activity uses messages that refer to the conflict in the Middle East. This Trojan is spread via unsolicited email messages that contain a link to a malicious website. The website is noted as having the following malicious characteristics which may be used to infect the user’s system with malicious code.

  • A video that, when opened, may run the executable file “iran_occupation.exe.”
  • A banner add that, when clicked, may run the executable file “form.exe.”
  • A hidden iframe linked to “ind.php.”

Reports, including a posting by Sophos, indicate that the following subject lines are being used. Please note that subject lines can change at any time.

  • 20000 US soldiers in Iran
  • Iran USA conflict developed into war
  • More than 10000 Iranians were murdered
  • Negotiations between USA and Iran ended in War
  • Occupation of Iran
  • Plans for Iran attack began
  • The Iran’s Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared Jihad to USA
  • The World War III has already begun
  • The begining of The World War III
  • The military operation in Iran has begun
  • The secret war against Iran
  • Third War in Iran
  • Third World War has begun
  • US Army crossed Iran’s borders
  • US Army invaded Iran
  • US army is about 20 kilometers from Tegeran
  • US soldiers occupied Iran
  • USA attacked Iran
  • USA declares war on Iran
  • USA occupeid Iran
  • USA unleashed war on Iran
  • War between USA&Iran
  • War with Iran is the reality now
  • Washington prefers to shoot first

DarkFiber Consulting encourages users and administrators to take the following preventative measures to help mitigate the security risks: