Stock spam reloaded: XLS format this time

Remember the stock spams send in PDF format ?
You thought they are new ?
Think again !
Now it is time for Excel format !
The mails come in a ~24Kb XLS file called “detailed invoice.xls”, “stock information.xls”, “investor_news2323.xls” and probably many others.

See the picture below for a screen shot.

What is interesting is the fact that we speak again of a stock sold at Frankfurt Stock Exchange, in Germany.
But, this time, they go big: The subject is “Turn € 5,000 into € 25,000” and the document is created by a user called “mobile”.
The username comes from the name of the company advertised in spam: Exchange Mobile

They advertise in the spam:

Company Name: Exchange Mobile
Ticker Symbol: Frankfurt: EM1
WKN: 884090
ISIN: US3013051087
Friday Close: € 0,20
3-Day Target: € 0,35
5-Day Target: € 0,50
10-Day Target: € 1,00

Reality (source: www.cortalconsors.de)

Friday close: € 0,231
Lowest course: € 0,20
Total amount of shares: 31.090
Value of the stock : € 6.953,3

So, they want us to buy stocks in value of €5000 🙂
This means 80% of the total… they’re too good, or too stupid :))))


XLS Stock Spam
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Sorin Mustaca, (ISC)2 CSSLP, CompTIA Security+ and Project+, is working since year 2000 in the IT Security industry and worked between 2003-2014 for Avira as Product Manager for the known products used by over 100 million users world-wide. Today he is an independent IT Security Consultant focusing on Cybersecurity, secure software development and security for IoT and Automotive. He is also running his personal blog Sorin Mustaca on Cybersecurity and is the author of the free eBook Improve your security .

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