Scammers posing as online payment services are in the top 10 most copied identities according to BitDefender’s latest E-Threats Landscape report.
The latest phishing campaign targets e-banking and e-payment customers and features several malicious components. The message claims to deliver the ultimate open source antivirus suite and asks users to visit a website where they can download the product.
But clicking on the link opens a fake executable called setup.exe, a self-extracting archive.
It is designed to replace the content of Windows drivers and loads fake versions of pages such as PayPal for phishing purposes.
Each time the user types the address belonging to one of these portals, he or she is directed to domains registered in China and Korea.
BitDefender antispam research head Vlad Valceanu says the grim economic climate has led to the proliferation of e-crime.
“The latest trends that BitDefender has observed reveal several alarming aspects. The first is that since the beginning of 2009, scams and phishing schemes have followed an ascendant curve.
Second, the complexity and aggressiveness of raids and attacks have dramatically increased. Also quite worrying is the fact that the number of people infected has also been growing exponentially.”
He advises users to pay close attention to emails and have a reliable security offering in place.