Phishing for different markets

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Jan 21, 2011

Scam emails trying to steal CO2 emission credits and World-of-Warcraft accounts.

Two unrelated phishing campaigns seen doing the rounds recently show that it's not just real money that criminals are trying to steal via email scams.

The first campaign targets EU-based companies and attempts to gain access to accounts with the EU Emission Trading System (EU ETS). This is a market within the European Union where companies can sell surplus CO2 emission credits, or indeed buy more if they need them.

The emails have been seen in various languages and are targeted at people in charge of emission trading. As is common in phishing campaigns, the emails state that the user has to log into the system (via a link provided in the message) to activate increased security. But doing so, of course, allows the attackers to steal the user's login credentials, potentially resulting in the company losing large amounts of money.

The amount of money involved in the online game World-of-Warcraft (WoW) is of a much smaller scale, but the popularity of the game nevertheless makes it a prime target for phishers. Indeed, many users are willing to pay real money for virtual gold in order to improve their status within the game.

A phishing email has been circulating suggesting that some changes have been made to the user's WoW account and urging the user to review the changes in case it was not them who made them. The link in the email, of course, goes to a website controlled by the criminals behind the scam and allows the attackers to harvest the user's login details. However, even to an experienced user, it is hard to distinguish the fake website from the official WoW website.

More details on the latter scam are available on Sophos's Naked Security blog here, while F-Secure's blog has more on the EU ETS scam here.

Posted on 21 January 2011 by Virus Bulletin

twitter.png
fb.png
linkedin.png
hackernews.png
reddit.png

 

Latest posts:

New paper: Behind the scenes of GandCrab's operation

The GandCrab ransomware regularly updated itself to newer versions to stay ahead of decryptors released by security researchers, and regularly included taunts, jokes and references to security organizations in its code. In a new paper, the AhnLab…

VB2019 paper: King of the hill: nation-state counterintelligence for victim deconfliction

At VB2019 Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade looked at nation-state actors using threat intelligence for victim deconfliction. Today we publish both his paper and the recording of his presentation.

The VB2020 call for papers - how it works

With the VB2020 Call for Papers now open, we explain how the selection procedure works, which may help you during your abstract submission.

VB2019 presentation: Targeted attacks through ISPs

In 2019 we saw a rise in the number of targeted malware infections spread via ISPs and service providers. In a last-minute paper presented at VB2019 in London, Kaspersky researcher Denis Legezo discussed the details of a number of such cases. Today…

VB2019 presentation: A deep dive into iPhone exploit chains

In a last-minute presentation at VB2019 in London, John Bambenek of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discussed details of campaigns that used advanced iOS and Android exploit chains against China’s Uighur minority. Today we release the…

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.