Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Sophos Warns -- Don't Give Your Credit Details to a Virus

  • 14 November, 2003 17:57

<p>14 November 2003.</p>
<p>Sophos, a world-leader in anti-virus and anti-spam protection for businesses, is warning of a new variant of the Mimail worm, which is at large in Australia.</p>
<p>The new worm, named W32/Mimail-I, arrives in an email with a subject line of "YOUR PAYPAL.COM ACCOUNT EXPIRES", and asks you to provide detailed information about your credit card, claiming that PayPal "are implementing a new security policy."</p>
<p>The email tells you not to send your personal information through email (correctly advising you that email is insecure!) and instructs you to run the attached program instead.</p>
<p>If you run the program, attached in a file called "www.paypal.com.scr", a dialog box pops up requesting you to enter a range of information about your credit card. This includes your full credit card number, your PIN, the expiry date, and even the so-called CVV code (this is an additional three-digit security code printed on the back of your card which is not recorded by credit card machines during transactions). The dialog includes a PayPal logo in a further attempt to appear legitimate.</p>
<p>"Mimail-I tries to harvest your bank card data and then sends it out to the Bad Guys in an email," explained Paul Ducklin, Head of Technology, Asia Pacific, at Sophos Australia and New Zealand. "It even includes a realistic-looking checkbox which you are expected to tick in order to confirm that the details you have entered are correct.</p>
<p>“But the email sent to you by Mimail-I could never be legitimate," Ducklin points out. "Banks and credit card companies never request information of this sort via email, just as computer security companies never send out patches this way. Email is simply not secure enough for transactions of this type."</p>
<p>As well as ripping off your bank information, Mimail-I sends itself to everybody whose email addresses appear on your hard disk. This is likely to generate a lot more email traffic than you may have bargained for.</p>
<p>Sophos offers the following advice:</p>
<p>1. Don't act on web links or attachments sent to you in emails which claim to come from banks or financial companies. The apparent source of an email is too easily forged.</p>
<p>2. Block all Windows programs (EXE, DLL, SCR, BAT, PIF, CMD, etc.) files at your email gateway if you can. Because of the associated risks, there is almost no business case for distributing programs by email.</p>
<p>3. Filter outbound email with a product such as Sophos Pure Message or Sophos MailMonitor before it leaves your network. This is good "internet citizenship", because it limits the collateral damage you can do to the internet even if you become infected.</p>
<p>4. Update your anti-virus software regularly and frequently so you can identify the latest threats accurately. Using a product (such as Sophos Enterprise Manager) which can automate updates takes the stress and uncertainty out of the process.</p>
<p>ends.</p>
<p>FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Paul Ducklin (duck@sophos.com) is available for comment:
+61 407 320 515 (mobile)
+61 2 9409 9100 (tel)
+61 2 9409 9191 (fax)</p>
<p>Sophos's press contact at Gotley Nix Evans is:
Michael Henderson (sophos@gne.com.au)
+61 2 9957 5555 (tel)
+61 413 054 738 (mobile)
+61 2 9957 5575 (fax)</p>

Most Popular

Cool Tech

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?