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Bogus Resume Emails Contain Ransomware

by Brett M. Christensen

These seemingly innocent emails, which appear to include an attached resume from a job seeker, actually harbour a sinister payload.

In these simply rendered messages, the supposed jobseeker introduces him or herself by name and ask that you review the resume contained in an attached .zip file.

However, the emails are not from any legitimate jobseeker. The zip file harbours a malicious JavaScript file. If you unzip the attachment and click the JavaScript file, it will connect to remote servers and try to download and install a version of the CryptoWall ransomware. 
The campaign is apparently targeting staff of companies or businesses who may routinely receive resumes via email and may open the attachments without due caution.

Once installed, the malware can encrypt files on the infected computer and then demand a ransom from the user in exchange for an encryption key. Some victims who pay up as requested may receive the promised encryption key. However, there is no guarantee that the criminals behind the campaign will honour their promise.

If you receive one of the bogus resume emails, do not open any attachments or click any links that it contains.

Examples

Subject: RE: resume

Good afternoon my name is [Name renoved] attached is my resume! Awaiting your prompt reply

Kind regards

[Name Removed]

 

Subject: [Name removed] – My resume Hi, my name is [Name removed] Please find my resume from attach section. Kindly give me a reply

Sincerely,
[Name Removed]

 

Hi, my name is [first and last names removed]. I am herewith submitting my Resume under attachment for your perusal.
Thank you,
[name removed].


Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,
Hoax-Slayer