Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 3:50 am Post subject: Phishing attack targets Spanish mobiles
A mass mailing worm that attempts to trick users into downloading malware in response to bogus text messages is spreading in Spain, The Register reports.
The Eliles.A worm initially spreads as a conventional mass mailing worm whose infectious payload is contained in attachment to email messages, which poses as a CV from a supposed job applicant.
Compromised PCs are used to send SMS messages free of charge via email sent through the SMS gateways of two Spanish operators.
The worm has two routines in it that calculate random phone numbers to target for attack.
Targeted users receive an SMS claiming to be from the mobile operator and advising them to download "free antivirus software" for their phone. Users that download and install the software from the link would have found themselves infected with malware.
The Eliles.A worm is among the first malware samples to automate a so-called phishing via SMS (SMiShing) attack.
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