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12th November 2004

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Date Reported
12th November 2004
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A new and dangerous email attack - Email uses tactics of phishers (notification of an unauthorised payment from your PayPal account) to persuade you to click on link to website. Website then downloads the Bofra virus onto your computer.

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1. Email claims to be from PayPal notifying you of a payment from your account. You haven't made it, so of course you panic and follow the link provided without thinking. This takes you to a website that downloads a malicious virus (Bofra) that then infects your machine.

2. Email is easy to spot as they tend to be bright yellow or green.

3. This is a new approach and breaking news - find out more here:

4. URL traced to a server in Laval, Québec

5. This is not actually a phishing attack, but uses the same tactics to get users to visit a website.


"Congratulations! PayPal has successfully charged $175 to your credit card. Your order tracking number is A866DEC0, and your item will be shipped within three business days. "...

If you have received this email, please remember that it is very common for these email scams to be redistributed at a later date with only slightly different content or the same but with the fake page(s) hosted by a different provider. Also, once you have received one of these hoaxes, it is also common place to receive at least another one and usually a day or two after the first, although not necessarily from the same apparent sender.


The Spoof Email ...

The Spoof Website ...

Very dangerous - Email itself does not contain a virus, but if you click the link in the email you will be taken to a website that does! The virus is called Bofra. For more information about its spread and affects see here:

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