A phishing campaign is impersonating Disney+ with phony invoices, according to researchers at Abnormal Security. The phishing emails targeted individuals at 22 organizations in September.
“The first step in this multi-stage attack is a seemingly auto-generated notification email informing the target of a pending charge for their new Disney+ subscription,” the researchers explain.
“The message states that, per the contract signed during the initial registration process, the recipient will be automatically billed on September 21—the same day the notification was sent. The email continues by explaining that if the payment is authorized, no further steps are required. However, if the recipient did not approve this transaction, they can contact the support team.”
The phony invoice contains the recipient’s real name, as well as a phone number for the recipient to call if they want to cancel the subscription.
“Should the recipient call the number, one of two things is likely to happen,” the researchers write. “The first is they will be asked to provide sensitive information, such as banking details or login credentials, that the attacker can then use to either complete fraudulent transactions or compromise accounts. The other possibility is they will be given instructions for downloading software they are told is necessary to assist with stopping the charge but will actually infect their computer with malware.”
Notably, the email says they’ll be charged $49.99 if they don’t dispute the subscription (a real Disney+ subscription costs $13.00 per month).
“By telling the target they are hours away from being charged for an amount that is 3.5x the highest-cost subscription, the attacker increases the likelihood that the recipient will be quick to call the provided number to stop the transaction,” the researchers write.
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