Fake PayPal “Reset your password” request leads to malware

PayPal customers are being targeted with a fake email impersonating the e-payment service, claiming that their account has been put “on hold” and will stay that way until they reset their password:

More experienced users will likely identify the email as malicious and consider it a phishing attempt, but it’s not.

Checking whether their speculation is right can be fatal, as the offered link leads to a legitimate compromised site (hxxp://frustrationpostcards.biz/news/institutions-trusted.php) hosting the Blackhole exploit kit, security analyst Conrad Longmore warns.

He doesn’t mention what kind of malware the kit surreptitiously installs (or tries to install) on the visitors’ computer, but we can be sure that it’s bad news for them.

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