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‘Image Has Been Sent by Evernote’ Malware Email

by Brett M. Christensen

Outline

Email purporting to be from note-taking application Evernote claims that an image has been sent and invites users to click a link to view the image.

Brief Analysis

Evernote did not send the email and has no connection to it.  The message is a criminal ruse designed to trick people into downloading and installing malware.

Example

From: EvernoteService 
Subject: (Recipient email address removed) Image has been sent
Importance: High

(Recipient email address removed)

Image has been sent. DSC_990341.jpg 23 Kbytes

Go To Evernote

Evernote Malware Email

 

Detailed Analysis

According to this email, which purports to be from popular note-taking application Evernote, an image addressed to the recipient has been sent.  The message includes a clickable “Go to Evernote” button.  The name of the supposed image is also clickable.

However, Evernote did not send the email. Nor did it send an image as claimed. Clicking the links in the message will not open an image stored in Evernote as suggested in the message.

Both links lead to a compromised website that harbours malware. Once on the site, a few users may be tricked into downloading and installing a malicious file in the mistaken belief that they need to do so to view the supposed Evernote image.

The specific type of malware hosted on the compromised website may vary in different incarnations of the scam. Typically, however, such malware can harvest personal information from the infected computer and make connections to remote servers operated by criminals. It may also download and install more malware and join the infected computer to a botnet.

Sending out malicious emails that claim to be from well-known companies is a common criminal tactic.

Users need to apply caution and common sense before clicking links or opening attachments in unsolicited emails.

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