The Instituto Nacional de Ciberseguridad, INCIBE, has picked up the presence of bogus emails supposedly from the Spanish Tax Office carrying a bug.
The email bears the logo of the Agencia Tributaria and invites you to click on a link to download an official PDF, which instead dumps malware onto your computer or phone.
in fact, both the link to the Sede Electrónica and the PDF download are ‘loaded’ so even if you don’t download the PDF, just by clicking to the page where it is, you will be picking up some unwated internet fauna.
The virus in question is a Cryxos trojan which is a type of ‘scareware;’ i.e, it displays an alarming notification message saying that the user’s computer or web browser has been ‘blocked’ due to a virus infection, and that their personal details are ‘being stolen’. The user is then directed to call a phone number for assistance in the ‘removal process’. This is a version of a ‘call support’ scam.
This type of email scam always crops up around the time that taxpayers are doing their declarations, so this year is no exception.
For more info on this virus, read the following description.
(News: Granada, Andalucia)