Bank of America Spam Trojan (Nov 25, 2008)


SonicWALL UTM Research team observed a new Bank of America phishing campaign starting today Tuesday, November 25, 2008. The email pretends to be a service advertisement from Bank of America and contains a URL that leads to the demo video.

SonicWALL has received more than 1,000 e-mail copies of this phishing campaign today. The e-mail looks like following:


  • Bank of America – Demo Account
  • Bank of America – Demo Account Setup
  • Bank of America – Always Free Customer Service Demo Account, Try for FREE
  • Bank of America – full access privileges for your DEMO account

Email body:


The URL in the e-mail points to a phishing page containing Bank of America image. The image has the Bank of America Logo and displays the bank’s URL in the status bar when the user points at it. It also shows the video screen with a play button.


Upon user’s click or after waiting for a few seconds the page will prompt the user to download the latest version of Adobe Flash Player 9 [Filename – Adobe_Player9.exe].


The file that gets downloaded is a new Trojan downloader variant.


The Trojan when executed tries to connect to domain and downloads a new Trojan [Filename – usp.exe] via HTTP.

At the time of writing this Alert, there was very low AntiVirus detection rate for both malware executables.

SonicWALL Gateway AntiVirus provides protection against these malware executables via GAV: Bofam (Trojan) and GAV: Bofam_2 (Trojan) signatures.

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