Fake Vodafone or Telstra MMS Email with Malware Attached

There are MMS email messages being sent out with a malware attached, appearing as if they came from a Vodafone or Telstra email address. The emails claim that the recipient has received a picture from a mobile number and instructs the recipient to open the malicious attachment to view the picture. MMS stands for Multimedia Messaging Service and is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content like photos and videos, to and from mobile phones.

Fake Vodafone or Telstra MMS Email with Malware Attached

The Malicious Email Message

Fake Vodafone or Telstra MMS Email with Malware Attached

From: mms @vodafone.co.uk
Subject: You have received a new message
Attachment: Vodafone_MMS-uk.zip

You have received a picture message from mobile number +447775226358
To save this picture, please save attached file.

The email messages appear as if it came from the following email addresses:

  • mms @telstra.com.au
  • mms @vodafone.com.au

These email messages were not sent from these email addresses, but were spoofed, in order to trick the recipients into believing the messages were sent from Vodafone or Telstra.

The attached Zip file,Vodafone_MMS-uk.zip, contains the file Vodafone_MMS-uk.jpeg.exe, which has been detected as the malwares: Troj/Agent-YXP and VirTool:Win32/Obfuscator.ACP; Backdoor.Win32.Androm.sed

If you look carefully at the file "Vodafone_MMS-uk.jpeg.exe", you will notice that it ends with ".jpeg.exe". This is another trick by the cybercriminals behind this malicious email, used to deceive the recipient into believing the attachment is a Jpeg photo. Jpeg photos end with the extension ".jpeg".

So, if your computer is not configured to view file extensions, you will think the malicious attachment is a photo.

This malicious file cannot infect your mobile devices; it will only infect computers running Microsoft Windows.

Never open any email attachments with the extension or file name ending with, ".EXE". Always be careful when opening email attachments.

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Note: Some of the information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.
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