Payroll Received by Intuit pretending to come from Intuit Payroll Services <IntuitPayrollServices@payrollservices.intuit.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.
We received your payroll on August 01, 2014 at 09:00 AM EST.
Attached is a copy of your Remittance. Please click on the attachment in order to view it.
Please note the deadlines and status instructions below:
If your payroll is received BEFORE 5 p.m., your Direct Deposit employees will be paid two (2) banking days from the date received or on your paycheck date, whichever is later.
If your payroll is received AFTER 5 p.m., your employees will be paid three (3) banking days from the date received or on your paycheck date, whichever is later.
YOUR BANK ACCOUNT WILL BE DEBITED THE DAY BEFORE YOUR CHECKDATE.
Funds are typically withdrawn before normal banking hours so please make sure you have sufficient funds available by 12 a.m. on the date funds are to be withdrawn.
Intuit must receive your payroll by 5 p.m., two banking days before your paycheck date or your employees will not be paid on time.
Intuit does not process payrolls on weekends or federal banking holidays. A list of federal banking holidays can be viewed at the Federal Reserve website.
Thank you for your business.
Intuit Payroll Services
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1 August 2014: Remittance.zip (10kb): Extracts to Remittance.scr Current Virus total detections: 5/52 MALWR Auto Analysis:
This Payroll Received by Intuit 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.