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Fake iPhone contest, pay attention to what you download

febrero 5, 2020

Spam and installation of at least suspicious software. Here are the two pillars of a new and questionable initiative that circulates via email over the past few days and that makes use of the appeal of the iPhone.

The message, distributed in millions of copies, comes from a self-styled, unidentified "prize service" which apparently points to a site called In reality, by clicking on the text contained in the message, which promises iPhone as a gift in a competition, you will arrive at a site with a name, not entirely reassuring, where you will present the form by replying to which you will get the right to participate in the draw.

Needless to say, no one invites you to participate in a draw if you have never requested to do so. Equally needless to say that a competition must have very different trappings from those of an email invitation with cross-references and laps between different Internet addresses. In the specific case, the attempt is obviously to collect personal data (including email addresses) and to install software that disguises itself as a PDF

As reported, in fact, Notrace, a site specializing in privacy and security, once you have finished filling out the form you are invited to download an alleged document that would contain the number to participate in the competition and collect the prize but which is actually a Windows executable . Scanned with various antivirus the file is detected

from NOD32v2 as NewHeur_PE virus by Ikarus as Trojan-Clicker.Win32.Agent.ipda Sophos as Mal / Behav-007 by F-secure as W32 / Malware! Geminida F-Prot as W32 / new-malware! Maximusda DrWeb as DLOADER.PWS.Trojanda BitDefender as Generic.PWStealer.C1F74420.

Always emphasizes that the domain protected with WhoisGuard is therefore almost impossible to trace the domain owners. The server where the website is located is located in Texas. All you have to do to not be a victim, even potential trash, as soon as it arrives in the post box.

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