Fake SpyHunter Phish Example

I got this email, which is most certainly a phishing email, touting the legitimate anti-malware product SpyHunter.  The image of the email is below.

Part of safely working from home is to be aware of these types of approaches, and alerting your IT staff to these before you click to open them.  Do not belief emails appearing to come from recognized authorities, like the CDC, or event your own company or IT department.  Be suspicious and stay safe.

  • Suspicious action number 1.  The first highlighted line shows that this originated as comment form spam from my own website.
  • Suspicious action number two.  The email address “phillip [AT] zigmia.com.  Zigmia is not an email domain of the company EnigmaSoft, but it is similar in appearance.
  • Suspicious action number 3.  Phillip claims to be from EnigmaSoft, but doesn’ have an email address on the EnigmaSoft email domain.
  • Suspicious action number four.  The download link for the SpyHunter software is located on a website visit-our.site.  This is a .site domain, and again not a legitimate SpyHunter or EnigmaSoft  domain name.  The legitimate download address is https://www.enigmasoftware.com/products/spyhunter/
  • The last highlighted suspicious act is again that this email was generated using the contact form on my own website.  Legitimate marketing email would come from an email domain not held by me.

As we send our coworkers and employees home, they need to be vigilant for these types of emails.  VirusTotal unfortunately has not flagged the visit-our.site domain yet, which means this is a fresh phish indeed.  I will be resubmitting this site for the next few days to see if the situation changes.


About the Author:

I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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