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.BIN Virus Email Attachments Being Sent By Cybercriminals

Online users who have received unexpected email messages with attached files with names ending with ".bin" are asked not to open them. This is because the attachments are archived disc image file (bin) that may contain malware, malicious programs or viruses. And, any attempt to open the malicious attachments will result in the recipients getting their computers infected with a virus, Trojan horse, spyware, ransomware or other malware.

.BIN Virus Email Attachments Being Sent By Cybercriminals
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A Fake Email with a Malicious .BIN Attachment

From: "capitalone@security.capitalone.com" <2f@drbalsam.com>

Attachment: ATT00001.bin (7 KB)

Date: 11/17/17 11:40 AM (GMT-05:00)

Subject: Action Required

Important: Action Required

Due to recent rise in attacks targeted at our customers on the internet we are adding an extra layer of protection to ensure the financial security of our customers.

The security of your credit card is a top priority for us and we want to work together with your email provider to protect it.

What do do next?

Please log in to your account here to complete the steps to connect your email with your account.

In order to protect your account, access will remain limited. In addition, you will not be able to use your credit card until you complete the necessary step.

Cybercriminals have started storing their malware in ".BIN" files to help prevent antivirus software from detecting them. In other words, they do it because the archived malicious email attachments may bypass the recipients' antivirus software.

What is a .BIN file?

A .bin file is the binary image of a CD or DVD, something similar to an .ISO image.

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.BIN Virus Email Attachments Being Sent By Cybercriminals