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The first alert involves the use of fraudulent Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) e-mail messages. These unsolicited e-mail messages provide a link to a fraudulent FDIC website. Visitors to this site are directed to download a “Personal FDIC Insurance File” which contains a malicious payload. Once installed, this application can be used to access and control the victim’s system without their knowledge.
- Unsolicited messages, attachments and links of this nature should be deleted at once.
The second alert involves the use of a new software program called PhoneSnoop. This publicly available application allows an attacker to call a user’s BlackBerry in order to intercept personal conversations. An attacker must have physical access to the user’s device or convince the user to install PhoneSnoop.
BlackBerry users are encouraged to only download applications from trusted sources and to password protect and lock BlackBerry devices.