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Spear-Phishing Attack Lures Victims With ‘HIV Results’

Spear-Phishing Attack Lures Victims With ‘HIV Results’

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Recently discovered spear-phishing emails are using a unique “scare-factor” lure to convince victims to open attached malicious Microsoft Excel documents: Their HIV test results.

Researchers are warning of a recent campaign involving emails claiming to come from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a legitimate medical complex in Nashville, Tenn. The emails were sent to a slew of unnamed companies in various industries, including global insurance, healthcare, and pharmaceutical firms. If victims clicked on the embedded attachment in the emails, they were infected with the Koadic RAT, which allows attackers to run programs and access victims’ data, including sensitive personal and financial information.

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