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Ebola fear used as bait, leads to malware infection


  12:52:00 pm by Admin, Categories: Security, Virus - Ransomware - Spyware

Mumbai: News of the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa has hit every news outlet around the globe, and cybercriminals are once again using the latest headlines to bait victims. Symantec has observed three malware operations and a phishing campaign using the Ebola virus as a social engineering theme.

Malware and phishing campaigns

The first campaign is fairly simple. Attackers send out an email with a fake report on the Ebola virus to entice victims and what users actually get is an infection of the Trojan.Zbot malware.

In the second campaign, cybercriminals send out an email that impersonates a major telecommunications services provider and claims to offer a high-level presentation on the Ebola virus. An attached zip file with a title like "EBOLA – PRESENTATION.pdf.zip" actually executes Trojan.Blueso on the victim's computer.

Interestingly, the executed Trojan is not the final payload. The malware is also crafted to inject W32.Spyrat into the victim’s Web browser and allows attackers to perform the following actions:

·         Log key strokes

·         Record from the Web cam

·         Capture screenshots

·         Create processes

·         Open Web pages

·         Enumerate files and folders

·         Delete files and folders

·         Download and upload files

·         Gather details on installed applications, the computer, and OS

·         Uninstall itself

The third campaign piggybacks on some fresh Ebola news. In the last two weeks there has been talk of Zmapp, a promising Ebola drug still in an experimental stage. The crooks entice their victims with an email claiming the Ebola virus has been cured and the news should be shared widely. The email attachment is Backdoor.Breutmalware.

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