LinkedIn Emails lead to BlackHole

Thursday, November 1, 2012 @ 03:11 PM gHale


One solid way to draw in victims to a BlackHole exploit kit-infested website is by sending them a confusing email in which they’re urged to click on a link or open an attachment. It works.

One of the latest plots is fairly simple. The cyber criminals send out fake LinkedIn emails entitled “Your photos” in an attempt to trick users into opening an attached .htm file, said researchers at Sophos.

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The notification reads: “Hi, I have attached your photos to the mail (Open with Internet Explorer).”

Once the file, called “Image_DIG[random number].htm” is opened, a “please wait a moment” message is displayed.

In the meantime, in the background, the victim ends up redirected to a BlackHole exploit website that’s designed to serve malware.

Depending on which antivirus is on the computer, the malicious .htm file reads as Mal/JSRedir-M.

One thing to keep in mind is LinkedIn never attaches files to notifications.



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