Sophos experts detected this week an intriguing case of phishing against the Italian postal service Poste Italiane, the scheme attracted the researcher’s attention due the reuse of an old social engineering trick.
The brand Poste Italiane includes postal, financial and payment services in its product portfolio and was considered top brand victims by recent F-Secure Threat report.
The number of attacks against Poste Italiane is remarkable, the purpose is always to induce its customers into unwittingly submitting their credentials to fake login sites.
In the recent attack criminals sent the classic email containing an HTML attachment which the recipient is enticed into opening.
"To activate the "Security web Postepay " you need to:- Download the attachment, open it in the browser and follow the steps requested."
The message informs the victim that attached file is password protected and provide the pass code in the body of email:
"To protect your personal information, the attached file is protected by a password. Your word is unique: A2345L90"
When user tries to open the attachment a dialog box is prompted to ask for the password:
Let’s see the source code for the attachment :
The smart aspect of this attack is the use of a password protected attachment, a technique already seen in the past by security firms. The use of this technique for phishing attack is probably motivated by following needs:
Be aware … Cybercrime never sleeps 😉
(Security Affairs – Phishing, Poste Italiane, cybercrime)