FDIC malware attack targets businesses

Filed Under: Featured, Malware, Spam

FDIC logoOnce again, internet users are being warned to be suspicious of unsolicited emails, as a malware attack poses as a communication from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to businesses.

SophosLabs has intercepted a large number of malicious emails, pretending to come from FDIC that claim to have important information about the recipient's bank.

Attached to the emails is a ZIP file which contains a malicious payload, designed to infect Windows computers.

Here is a typical message:

Malicious email claiming to come from FDIC

Dear Business Customer,
We have important information about your bank.
Please refer to attached file to view information.
This includes information on the acquiring bank (if applicable), how your accounts and loans are affected, and how vendors can file claims against the receivership

The emails' subject line is "FDIC: About your business account", followed by a random code number. The attached filename, containing the malware, is FDIC_Information_About-your-business-account-JAN2012-XXXXX.zip (where 'XXXXX' is a random number).

Sophos anti-virus products detect the attachment proactively as Mal/BredoZp-B and Mal/Zbot-EZ.

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2 Responses to FDIC malware attack targets businesses

  1. Another great article... Thanks for the heads up.

  2. Len Jamiol · 1306 days ago

    As a former FDIC employee, I must state that the FDIC would NEVER send a customer of a bank confidential information regarding the condition of the bank.

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https://grahamcluley.com, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley