You may not have noticed it yet, but there is yet another dropbox virus going around. These are what we call “Phishing” schemes. It’s when the attacker tries to fool you with a very real looking website in hopes that you click on it, and may either get a request to provide personal information, or get infected with a virus. The dropbox virus is no different than some of the banking phishing schemes. With this particular dropbox virus, you receive a .pdf attachment. Most email scanners and filters will allow a .pdf file, as it is not an executable (exe) that will run something when you click it. With this, you will get the .pdf and there will most likely be a link (i don’t know since I didn’t open it!) that will require you to “log in” or update your personal information.
How to Detect the Dropbox Virus
It’s actually a lot easier than you think. First thing, it to check the return address. It’s almost always from a strange return address that makes no sense. Second, it gives you very little information. It wants to peak your interested, but doesn’t wan to give you so much information that you don’t open it.
Does it Work?
Believe it or not, yes. People get very nervous when they receive non-solicited invoices. The first reactions is “What? I didn’t order anything”, or “What? I don’t owe any money”. They are actually afraid to ignore the notice. Owing money makes people respond. Especially when they don’t owe anyone!
Sometimes when you are working on your computer, or checking email, you almost have to think like a criminal. Some elderly people are vulnerable because they don’t keep up with the latest news on virus, phishing attacks, or criminal schemes. Believe it or not, there are a lot of non-technical people still in this world! The key to them not clicking, is education. Everyone needs to be educated on not only the dropbox virus, but cybercrime and ransomware.
What to do
Very simple. Delete it and go on with your day!