Fox-IT warns large amount of phishing emails LinkedIn Data

Jun

8

2016

Security firm Fox-IT warned Tuesday that it has detected a large number of Dutch phishing emails. The emails contain information from LinkedIn, but could not be demonstrated directly linked with the LinkedIn hack.

In the e-mail recipient is directly addressed by first and last name in combination with professional and business data, allowing the e-mail makes an authentic impression, says Fox IT. This information appears to come from the LinkedIn-page of the recipient. The purpose of the mail, asking for payment of an outstanding amount, is to open the recipient a malicious Word document.

This document provides only unreadable characters again in order to get the victim so far as to turn on in macros to be able to see the contents of the document. It is the file name of the document is also the first and last name of the user features, including the name of the company where they are employed.

If macros are enabled once a file from a likely hijacked website is being retrieved. According to Fox IT this file is the Zeus malware Panda, which is mainly used to retrieve bank details. This malware has its origins in the Zeus Trojan, which has been active since 2007. Panda is according to security firm Proofpoint also part of different exploit kits.

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