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Once a target, always a target: A second look at awareness training in action

Steve Ragan | Oct. 10, 2013
The one constant about user awareness training is that the awareness part is supposed to stick with you. Learning how to spot one type of phishing email is only good for that particular email, thus the concept of awareness is learning to trust your gut when something looks suspicious.

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Again, our awareness training drills the point that you never open random email attachments or follow random links into our heads. The attachment for this email was rather simple:

Like the previously covered phishing scam, this too contained a Zeus Trojan variant. Although, the uptick in detection was faster this time around, with 24 of 48 AV engines on VirusTotal detecting the malware for what it is, as of early Wednesday morning.


This email likely originated from the same group of bots that sent the last one. As covered in the slideshow that examined the previous campaign's headers, this message also came from a Comcast user, but the headers show sources in Indiana and Florida. However, there were other ISPs included, which were scattered throughout the globe.

This scam spoofed the domain, but it also used again as the Return-Path as well as the Received header. As mentioned previously, is American Express, and this domain has been spoofed by criminals many times in the last year, including several noted Phishing attacks. The domain itself is usually whitelisted by network defenses, due to the use of corporate credit cards.

For additional technical details, including a list of domains and IPs to block, as well as files dropped, the Malwr report has them.


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