Posted by Virus Bulletin on Apr 18, 2011
Trojan hidden as security tool for affected customers.
Scammers are currently taking advantage of the data breach that affected email security provider Epsilon recently, by creating a copy of Epsilon's website and claiming that people can download a 'security tool' that tells them whether they have been affected.
While far from the first time that hackers have obtained personally identifiable information, the attack on Epsilon made the headlines because of its size and the number of financial organisations affected - which raised concerns that the data could be used for targeted attacks such as spear phishing. Epsilon did not help its case by providing very little information about the attack, adding to the feeling of unease among its clients' customers.
Scammers are now playing on these concerns by creating a fake copy of the company's website, which claims to have a tool which users can download and use to determine whether their personal data has been stolen. Of course the 'tool' is, in fact, a trojan dropper, and when downloaded it infects the machine with malware.
Computer users have good reason to worry about leaked personal data, but they should not let these worries get in the way of acting responsibly when downloading files from the Internet. Companies that have been attacked by hackers have reason to worry about damage to their reputation, but they should be aware that by not being open about the attacks they can make matters worse both for themselves and for their customers.