ADP: August 22, 2014 Anti-Fraud Secure Update pretending to come from ADP_Netsecure@adp.com is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.
Almost all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your facebook and other social network log in details.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware.
email looks like
2014 Anti-Fraud Secure Update
Dear Valued ADP Client,
We are pleased to announce that ADP Payroll System released secure upgrades to your computer.
A new version of secure update is available.
Our development division strongly recommends you to download this software update.
It contains new features:
- The certificate will be attached to the computer of the account holder, which disables any fraud activity
- Any irregular activity on your account is detected by our safety centre
Download the attachment. Update will be automatically installed by double click.
We value our partnership with you and take pride in the confidence that you place in us to process payroll
on your behalf. As always, your ADP Service Team is happy to assist with any questions you may have.
[This message and any attachments are intended only for the use of the addressee and may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If the reader of the message is not the intended recipient or an authorized representative of the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, notify the sender immediately by return email and delete the message and any attachments from your system.]
22 August 2014 : 2014 Anti-Fraud Secure Update_08222014.zip ( 9kb) Extracts to 2014 Anti-Fraud Secure Update_08222014.exe Current Virus total detections: 3/54
This ADP: August 22, 2014 Anti-Fraud Secure Update is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.
All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.