Bank information solicitation is typical, but URL is obscured by bug patched earlier this year.
A new phishing attack is utilizing a vulnerability in Internet Explorer, patched early this year, to hide its true source.
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The attack, called Citifraud.A
by Panda Software, takes the form of a Web page or HTML e-mail. It has no means of self-propagation and is therefore termed a Trojan by Panda.
The page or e-mail appears to come from a bank and contains a link that appears to go to the bank Web site. The link uses a vulnerability in Internet Explorer
that causes the browser to improperly display the URL of the Web site due to a flaw in a process called canonicalization. The flaw was disclosed and patched in February.
The link, if followed, actually takes the user to a malicious Web page that requests private account information.
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Users who have patched their system can still receive the attack and click through to the malicious page, but they would see the true URL, which contains a number of unusual features.
Panda Software has categorized Citifraud.A with a threat level of "high." The companys Web site states that the largest numbers of infections have occurred in South America and southern Europe.
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