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Infected by Papered Fax

Written by Marc Chouinard on . Posted in All about Spam

With today’s technology, there are so many ways to get infected by malware. But did you know that you can also get infected by a good old-fashioned paper fax?

Anyone with a fax machine knows how annoying certain businesses can be: they ignore the phone calls and frustrated pleas of office administrators and keep on sending their junk.

Here’s a typical example. If you look closer at the advertisement, notice the line that says “To be removed from our list:******” Great – but not so fast! The first thing I did was check the URL.  My security watchdog told me the IP address was malicious and had been blocked, so I decided to check the source using a good old command line script to see what’s inside the site. Guess what? There was a Trojan downloader on the page.

So there you go – a new trick for an old dog: the business spams you using the fax, refuses to remove you from its list, adds an unsubscribe URL that points to a malicious site, and ultimately infects people who don’t have any security software on their machines.

By the way, more than 30% of businesses don’t have security software on their workstations. Do you?


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Marc Chouinard

Marc Chouinard

Marc Chouinard is an expert’s expert who has more than 15 years of IT experience. As Head of a Security Operations Team, he is always available, responding 24/7 to new threats: “Sleeping is a waste of time!” A natural fixer of broken things, he has an uncommon approach to problem solving and a phenomenal (some say scary) memory for numbers. Non-technical individuals might refer to what Marc does as IT Voodoo. Oh, and did we mention he has a great sense of humor too?

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