Thursday, April 18, 2013

Texas Plant Explosion Spam Leads to Malware Attack

Spam emailConsidering cybercriminals jumped on the opportunity to spread malware by sending spam related to Monday’s Boston marathon bombing, it’s not all that surprising that they’re now doing the same with yesterday’s fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

Here are some of the subject lines to watch out for:

  • West TX Explosion

  • Waco Explosion HD

  • Texas Plant Explosion

  • Texas Explosion Injures Dozens

  • CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Fertilizer Plant Explosion Near Waco, Texas

  • Raw: Texas Explosion Injures Dozens

Like the marathon-themed emails, the spam messages tied to the new fertilizer plant explosion trick users into following malicious links by promising video footage of the devastating event.

Texas Explosion Email

Image Credit: Sophos

While it’s true that the victim is presented with a series of embedded videos related to the incident, they are also being exposed to the misdeeds of the Redkit exploit kit, which will use Adobe PDF or Java vulnerabilities to silently install malware on the victim’s computer.

Avoiding these attacks should be relatively easy – don’t follow links in unsolicited emails. Aside from that, keeping your operating system (& installed software) up-to-date and running antivirus software should help your PC remain malware-free.

Have you received any suspicious emails related to the plant explosion or marathon bombing? Share your experiences below and get the word out to help protect others!

[via Sophos][via AppRiver]

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