Thursday, March 22, 2007

Dutch attack at ABN-AMRO bank customers.

This morning I was informed about a massive malware run in the Netherlands. The emails were purportedly sent by the Dutch ABN-AMRO bank. Phishing attacks on users of Dutch banks are relatively rare. I’ve only seen basic phishing runs which try and persuade the user to clink on a link. However this morning an email in Dutch was sent out, claiming to be from a Dutch bank, and containing an online banking Trojan. Although the Dutch was not perfect, it didn’t contain the multiple errors which often characterize malicious mass mailings. The email claims that a serious error has been found and that the bank will upgrade to SSL3 tomorrow and that users will need to install the attached patch if they still want to use the Bank's online services. There is speculation that this bank was targeted because of a possible upcoming merger. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that cyber criminals exploited events publicized in the media for their own ends.

Infosecurity has ended as well and was interesting as always. I got a full room for my panel debate and that at 10 o'clock in the morning with a lot of traffic jams around the venue! Nice!