Zbot Spreads Infected Emails From Apple iTunes
It may appear as though the e-mails are from iTunes, but they are actually from a malicious source disguised as iTunes. The e-mail arrives with the subject title “Your receipt #” followed by a few random numbers. It is supposedly from “email@example.com” and contains a fake iTunes receipt for a ridiculously expensive purchase.
Naturally, a recipient of this e-mail will be concerned and click on the provided link. The link will direct a recipient to a malicious website that will attempt to install a fake PDF reader. On successful installation, a connection will be made to a Russian based website where numerous harmful files will be secretly installed onto a victim’s machine.
Finally the victim will be redirected to another malicious website containing the dangerous Zeus Trojan. Zeus will target a victim’s passwords for banking websites, as well as credit card information. The fake e-mail is being distributed by the Zbot (short for Zeus botnet) which is made up of a number of infected computers that have no idea they are involved in criminal activities.
To avoid falling victim to this scam, iTunes customers urged to avoid accessing iTunes from their e-mail and go directly to the program instead.