GMAIL users are warned of a dangerous email circulating that could cost you your savings.
Cyber security experts say the message contains a shady attachment that if opened puts your bank account at risk.
The attack was detailed in a blog entry last week by Diana Lopera, Senior Security Researcher at Trustwave.
Apparently, the message takes various forms and floods the inboxes of Gmail, Outlook, and other users.
“The messages of this campaign have two things in common,” Diana wrote on March 24.
“First, the email body has similar text that draws the recipient’s attention to the attachment as usual.
“Second, the email only contains an attachment called ‘request.doc’.”
She added, “Once the attacker tricks the recipient into extracting the contents of ‘request.doc’… the system can be compromised.”
According to the researchers, attackers use file formats that would not normally raise suspicion.
A popular choice is an ISO file, a package of data most commonly found on a disc such as a CD or DVD.
The text in the email directs the recipient to the attachment, which looks like a plain text file.
However, once the attachment is opened, it infects your phone or PC with data-sucking Vidar malware.
As Diana explains, Vidar can steal information and data from a variety of browsers and applications.
It’s not clear what exactly the attackers are looking for, but similar malware is commonly used to steal online banks’ logins.
Usernames and passwords for social media platforms like Facebook are also popular fodder for data-hungry cybercriminals.
Once Vidar has stolen its data, it can delete the files it created on your system – and disappear without a trace, Diana said.
Fortunately, avoiding this Gmail hack campaign is relatively easy.
Cyber experts have been urging people not to open email attachments from sources they don’t know for years.
Even if you recognize the sender, it’s still worth checking the message and attachment first.
A number of scams use similar addresses of well-known people or companies to trick victims into clicking an attachment or link.
If you are concerned that you have been scammed by a financial scam, the first thing you should do is contact your bank.
You should then report it to ActionFraud. your site is actionfraud.police.ukand her phone number is 0300 123 2040.
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