Early 2013 Tax Return Report – Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Virus Email
April 2, 2014
January 9, 2014
The email message below: "Early 2013 Tax Return Report!" has a virus or Trojan horse attached to it that will infect your Windows computer if you open it. The message was designed to trick the recipients into opening the malicious attachment, disguised as a Tax Return Report, by asking the recipients to view it in order to start filing for their 2013 tax returns.
Please continue reading below.
The Malicious Email - Early 2013 Tax Return Report
Subject: ATTN: Early 2013 Tax Return Report!
Here is a report on your early 2013 Federal Tax return report. Kindly download the attachment to view your report and start filling for 2013 return as early as second week of December.
Internal Revenue Service
915 Second Avenue, MS W180
Seattle, WA 98174-0041
This email message was not sent by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the attachment (Early2013TaxReturnReport _2D2F9D2EF1.zip ) is not a Tax Return Report, but a Zip or compressed files, which contain the Windows malicious executable file:
Early2013TaxReturnReport_ 9834569485749805723984563249 65984573984509324.pdf.exe
When we scanned the file, the following threats were detected:
Once your computer has become infected with this malicious Trojan horse, the cybercriminals behind this email message will be able to access and take control of your computer remotely from anywhere around the world. They may spy on you, use your computer to commit cybercrimes, or steal your personal and financial information.
Now, if you have already opened the malicious attachment, please do a full scan of your computer with the antivirus software installed on it. The name of the attachment may change, so be careful when opening email attachments.
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