Fake F-Secure email contains malware

By Derek Sooman on February 2, 2006, 6:06 PM
F-Secure users are apparently receiving a mail that claims to be from an employee of the anti-virus vendor but instead contains a Trojan. Although not particularly original in its tactics (the spam tells recipients there is something wrong with their website and asks them to click on a .zip link for a picture of the problem), the mail does contain a rather nasty new variant of the Breplibot worm, known as W32/Breplibot.ae.

The email, which contains a misspelling and poor grammar, reads: "Hello, I noticed whilst browsing your site that there were problems with some of your links, when I tried again with Internet Explorer the problems were not there so I assume that they were caused by me using the Mozilla browser. As more people are turning to alternative browsers now it may be of help for you to know this. I have enclosed a screen capture of the problem so your team can get it fixed if you deem it an issue. Kind regards, David Adams, Dept. Research, F-Secure Development."

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gamingmage said:
Wow, they have to tell people about this. F-Secure should send a real e-mail or somehow contact their customers and tell them about this.
Cy6erpuke said:
Too late. I would not open a "real" email from F-secure for this very reason. Anti-virus companies should stay with updates and forget about emails. A press release could be made that no email from anti-virus companies should be trusted!
JMMD said:
It's to the point where you can't trust any e-mails you get from anyone. Kind of sad that it's come to this but there's so many virus', worms, etc.
Cartz said:
Anyone else here think that most viruses are created by the anti-virus firms themselves, and that things like this are anti-virus firms trying to create distrust in one another?Seriously, there is absolutely no profit in writing a virus, and lots of legal reprecussions if you get caught. Couple that with the fact that most worms are nailed by the firms seemingly before they are released and you have an excellent little fear based racket.
Vaulden said:
It may not be a new tactic, but I'm sure there are plenty that will fall for it.
nathanskywalker said:
Huh, sounds like some ***** on pot wrote that, of course he probably wrote the virus first.And i would agree, this would in no way profit the virus company. Whoever on earth came up with that. It is possible that it could aid there competitors, but i don't think there are many corporations that are willing to stoop that low....i hope.
Need_a_Dell said:
People have to stop being so careless when it comes to their email. They should NEVER open an email containing a compressed file unless it's from someone they personally know. Make sure that the email provider has scanned the file before you download it, and also make sure that after you download, you scan it with your own anti-virus software with "search inside compressed files" enabled. I hate to say it, but people who are stupid enough to click on things like this deserve what they get. They should be suspicious of everything they get in their inbox and trust nothing. It's the only way to survive in a world that relies so heavily on technology.
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