Mal/Phish-A Description

Mal/Phish-A is a phishing web page that poses as PayPal in order to steal personal information from anyone who visits Mal/Phish-A. Although stumbling over Mal/Phish-A by accident is unlikely, malware analysts have noted that links to Mal/Phish-A are distributed as file attachments in spam e-mail. Since this e-mail appears to be from PayPal as well and pretends that an account-locking emergency requires you to access this attachment, exposure to Mal/Phish-A can easily occur without realizing it. If you’ve given away your information in a Mal/Phish-A attack, you should contact PayPal and take appropriate measures to protect your account and other personal information. However, as long as you avoid the Mal/Phish-A website and delete its e-mail messages, Mal/Phish-A is incapable of harming your PC.

The E-mail That Lets Mal/Phish-A Dress Itself Up Like a Real Company

Mal/Phish-A e-mail messages pretend to be sent by PayPal (an online financial transaction and holding company), but there are minor discrepancies that can be noted to tell it apart from a real PayPal message. malware experts advise you to look for signs like these:
  • Although the content of the message is about a locked PayPal account, Mal/Phish-A spam can be sent to e-mail accounts that aren’t linked to real PayPal accounts.
  • Mal/Phish-A spam will also request that you open a file attachment; this behavior isn’t considered reputable by any legitimate company, including PayPal.
  • If you’re familiar with PayPal’s actual e-mail address, you’ll notice that the Mal/Phish-A message’s e-mail address doesn’t match up, regardless of how hard Mal/Phish-A tries to obscure that fact.
  • Finally, you can note the presence of the following message below the ‘Account Review Team’ subject line:
    [Please take a minute to read this urgent notification sent by our Account Review Team.]

    As of the [current date], our security system has blocked unusual changes to a credit card linked to your account.

    An intrusion into your account has been detected which shows that someone tried to access your PayPal account without your permission.

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    We have limited access to your account due to this problem. Moreover, we have sent you an attachment which contains all the necessary steps in order to restore your account access. Please download and open it in your browser.

    Thanks for your attention. Please do understand that this is a security measure taken with intention to protect you and your account. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    PayPal Account Review Team

What Mal/Phish-A Really Wants from You

Although Mal/Phish-A pretends to offer protection against unauthorized PayPal transactions, Mal/Phish-A’s real goal is to steal private information, including your Social Security number, phone number and street address. If you click on the proffered file attachment, you’ll be sent to the Mal/Phish-A website, which mimics a PayPal form in most visible ways. However, entering this data only sends it straight to criminals who will use it to break into your account and commit other crimes with your identity.

If you’ve been in contact with a Mal/Phish-A website, malware researchers encourage you to scan your entire PC to make sure that the site hasn’t injected a Trojan or other PC threat while you were visiting Mal/Phish-A. Mal/Phish-A is also known by the following aliases, depending on the anti-malware program that detects Mal/Phish-A: Trojan:JS/Cardst, PHISH/CartasiFraud and PHISH/HSBC.

Mal/Phish-A spam attacks are specific to Windows and, as far as malware researchers can determine, unable to harm non-Windows computers. For those who prefer Windows, in the aftermath of a Mal/Phish-A attack, changing your PayPal passwords and taking other steps to re-secure your account and identity should be considered your foremost priority.

Mal/Phish-A Automatic Detection Tool (Recommended)

Is your PC infected with Mal/Phish-A? To safely & quickly detect Mal/Phish-A we highly recommend you run the malware scanner listed below.

Posted: November 7, 2011 | By
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Threat Level: 8/10
Detection Count: 265

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