Onslaught of fake Microsoft patch spam

Köln, (PresseBox) - Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker Network has discovered a substantial number of spam messages utilizing a reliable social engineering trick that lures users to download a Microsoft critical security update.

The message uses an open redirect at the legitimate shopping site shopping.***.com; the redirect forwards users to a malicious URL offering to download a malicious executable. The malicious hostname is a lengthy one embedding 62 characters, and uses the sub-domain update.microsoft.com. Users who open this file will have their desktop infected with a Backdoor.

Here is what the redirect looks like inside the spam messages: hXXp://shopping.***.com/go.nhn?url=hXXp%3A%2F%2Fupdate%2Emicrosoft%2Ecom%2E<removed>%2Enet

An interesting trait of this particular attack is that the malicious top level domain is pointing to the government site of the United States Secret Service - The Electronic Crimes Tasks Forces Web site in an apparent attempt to work around IP reputation-based systems.

Websense Messaging and Websense Web Security customers are protected against this attack.

To view the details of this alert Click here: <http://securitylabs.websense.com/content/Alerts/3122.aspx>

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