O2 email virus alert

An O2 email virus phishing scam is currently in circulation, using a ‘large bill’ threat to scare people into clicking a link. Once the link in the O2 email virus has been clicked it will download suspected malware onto a user’s computer.

A statement issued by O2 said:

Last January, we published a post on The Blue giving advice on phishing scams – a form of fraud which impersonates a company in order to steal sensitive information such as login details.

Unfortunately, in today’s world, phishing is all too common, with new attempts popping up almost every day for our dedicated fraud team to take on. This week, however, we’ve seen one which is nastier than most.

O2 email virus – What am I looking for?
As with many phishing scams, it begins with an email. The email purports to be a bill notification from O2, describes an unusually high balance and provides a link to ‘view your bill’. To be absolutely clear – this email is not from us.

This email is designed to panic recipients into clicking the link to see how they’ve run up such a large bill. Instead, clicking the link downloads a program to your computer, which is what makes this attack more noteworthy than most.

O2 email virus -What’s different this time?
The most common type of phishing email will direct you to a fake website and ask you to enter your login details for that site. This means that the fraudsters have your login details for that site only. This latest attack is a less common kind of fraud, which downloads a program to your computer and could compromise even more.

Malware can be used for a number of things – for example, it could record your keystrokes, enabling fraudsters to piece together personal information and login details for other sites. We’re not yet sure what this particular program does, but you can bet it’s not very nice.

The email that is being distributed is not from O2.

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