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Peter Pan Virus Threatens UK Businesses
In last week’s blog post, we talked about social engineering and how Cloud Web Security can help keep you safe from online phishing scams. A prime example of this type of cybercrime and the effect it can have in such a short space of time has hit the mainstream this week in the form of the ‘Peter Pan’ virus.
So called because it uses a Peter Pan pantomime as a disguise, the virus has targeted thousands of small and medium business, and individuals, with the aim of stealing email and log in credentials. Some experts warn Facebook passwords are also at risk.
The scam carries all the hallmarks of a phishing attempt and is purportedly from BH Live Tickets, claiming to have tickets for Peter Pan at the Bournemouth Pavilion attached.
The invoice is confirmation of a £145 payment for nine tickets to the performance of Peter Pan at 7pm of December 23. Recipients are prompted to open the attachment and download the tickets, which is when the malware is installed.
To add to the realistic nature of the email, criminals have even given the last four digits of a credit card – in some cases the correct four digits.
According to Derek Knight at My Online Security blog, opening the attachment may install Cryptolocker, the notorious ransomware that locks the recipient out of their computer until they pay a sum of money – often hundreds of pounds.
In a statement, BH Live said, “At approximately 7.30 this morning [September 8] BH Live started to receive a high-volume of calls from members of the public in connection with an email purporting to come from BH Live Tickets.”
“The email contains attachment(s) and hyperlinks relating to a booking for Peter Pan.”
“BH Live’s Information Security teams together with information technology professionals and suppliers have investigated the matter and confirm that its internal systems have not been breached and that the emails were sent from known SPAM IP addresses,”
“The emails are not genuine and do not originate from BH Live.”
What to Do if You Receive This Email
A recent study from McAfee, reported on by TechWeek Europe, has shown that phishing scams such as this one are incredibly successful, with 79 per cent of businesses believing them to be real. The fact that this particular email has garnered mainstream attention will help prevent more victims, but scams are not always so widely covered.
If you receive this email, or any other you are wary of, we suggest following the advice offered by BH Live: delete the email, do not open any attachments or links, and run security software.
Cloud Web Security’s advanced phishing detection system will detect the threat and prevent other computer users in the office falling victim of the scam.