Phishing emails featuring Trend Micro logos discovered

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Phishing emails featuring Trend Micro logos discovered

Links lead to malicious site.

Phishing emails that claim to come from vendor Trend Micro have been detected.

The emails feature the subject line ‘malware blocking tests put Trend Micro on top', and proceed to "inform" users about recent NSS Labs tests which found that new reputation-based anti-virus systems are doing a better job of blocking malicious software than their predecessors. In the tests, Trend Micro's software improved by 23 per cent with the system active.

However, if a user clicks on any of the links within the email, they are redirected to a phishing site that is now inaccessible.

Trend Micro's solutions product manager Menard Osena claimed that targeting trusted organisations is not an uncommon technique, as messages were detected back in September that informed the recipient that the messages contained a picture supposedly requested by the recipient. This also carried the Trend Micro logo as a ‘guarantee' to users that the file they are about to download is legitimate.

Osena said: “Based on Whois information, the domain was created last September 2009. Apart from this, however, the site did not hold any other information on the said domain. The attack also employed the so-called ‘genuine-looking URL' phishing technique wherein cybercriminals imitated the URL of the target company in order to steal user information.”

Trend Micro advised users to pay close attention to the content of and URLs within emails.

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