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Pony credential stealer trampling users via Microsoft Publisher documents

Multiple levels of obfuscation shelters the malware from prying eyes.

 

David Bisson  February 8, 2017

 

The credential-stealing Pony malware is masquerading as Microsoft Publisher documents in an effort to infect unsuspecting users.

 

The campaign begins when an attack email containing a Microsoft Publisher document saunters over to an unsuspecting user.

 

                       MS Publisher malware email

 

To be clear, this isn’t the first time attackers have married malware-laden spam and Publisher files together. But it’s an uncommon attack vector in comparison to malicious Microsoft Word, Excel and even PowerPoint documents.

 

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