Yet another pretty lame email from the Trickbot gang again today. Some days I really don’t understand this gang of criminals. They go to the bother of registering various look-a-like domains to send the emails from, so they might stand a better chance of fooling recipients. They then create very effective macro enabled word docs using all sorts of tricks to avoid detection & install on the victim’s computer. Then they go and send a stupidly lame email that doesn’t look even vaguely like it comes from any bank whatsoever all in plain text with no logos or images. That absolutely screams this is a scam do not open me or do anything
This example is an email containing the subject of “FW: Insurance Documents” pretending to come from Danske Bank but actually coming from “Richard.McConkey@danskesbank.co.uk” which is a look-a-like, typo-squatted or other domain that can easily be misidentified, mistaken or confused with the genuine site, with a malicious word doc attachment is today’s latest spoof of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan
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From: Richard McConkey <Richard.McConkey@danskesbank.co.uk>
Date: Fri 31/08/2018 12:04
Subject: FW: Insurance Documents
I have attached completed up-to-date insurances for all current trading companies, please check that all the information is correct. I need this by the end of the week to ensure facilities are renewed.
Corporate & Business Acquisition
Donegall Square West
Danske Bank is a trading name of Northern Bank Limited. Registered in Northern Ireland Number R568. Registered Office Donegall Square West, Belfast, BT1 6JS. VAT Number GB853759092.
Phone +44 (0) 28 9004 5000. Calls may be recorded. Call charges may vary, please contact your phone company for details. Lines are open between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and between 9am and 4.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, except on bank holidays or other holidays in Northern Ireland when the bank is not open for business. Contact us by e-Mail: email@example.com or visit your nearest Danske Bank Branch, find your nearest branch on our website: www.danskebank.co.uk.
Northern Bank Limited is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority Northern Bank Limited is entered in the Register maintained by the Financial Conduct Authority, Financial Services Register registration number 122261. Northern Bank Limited adheres to the Standards of Lending Practice which are monitored and enforced by the LSB: www.lendingstandardsboard.org.uk. Northern Bank Limited is a member of the Danske Bank Group.
The views and opinions expressed in this email may not reflect the views and opinions of any member of the Danske Bank Group. The information contained in this message is confidential and may also be privileged. It is intended only for the addressee named above. The unauthorised use, disclosure, copying or alteration of this message is strictly prohibited. If you are not the addressee (or responsible for delivery of the message to the addressee), please notify the originator immediately by return message and destroy the original message.
This message and any attachments have been scanned for viruses prior to leaving our network. However, we do not guarantee the security of this message and will not be responsible for any damages arising as a result of any virus being passed on or arising from any alteration of this message by a third party. We may monitor emails sent to and from our network.
Danske Bank has not been hacked or had their email or other servers compromised. They are not sending the emails to you. They are just innocent victims in exactly the same way as every recipient of these emails.
What has happened is that the criminals sending these have registered various domains that look like genuine Company, Bank, Government or message sending services. Normally there is only newly registered domain that imitate Companies House, HMRC, another Government department, a Bank, file hosting service or a message sending service that can easily be confused with the genuine organisation in some way, that are hosted on & sending emails from 4 different servers.. Some days however we do see dozens or even hundreds of fake domains.
Today’s example of the spoofed domain is, as usual, registered via Godaddy as registrar. Because of new GDPR rules we cannot easily find the registrants name or any further details.
- danskesbank.co.uk hosted on & sending emails via 188.8.131.52| 184.108.40.206|220.127.116.11| 18.104.22.168|
This malware doc file downloads from http://bba-es.com/cli.nkz which is a renamed .exe file VirusTotal | Gtag Ser 0831
The alternate Download location is http://beds2buy.co.uk/cli.nkz
The folder for the files & configs is: C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\vcneo
All modern versions of word and other office programs, that is 2010, 2013, 2016 and 365, should open all Microsoft office documents that is Word docs, Excel spreadsheet files and PowerPoint etc that are downloaded from the web or received in an email automatically in “protected view” that stops any embedded malware, macros and DDE “exploit /Feature” and embedded ole objects from being displayed and running. Make sure protected view is set in all office programs to protect you and your company from these sorts of attacks and do not over ride it to edit the document. If the protected mode bar appears when opening the document DO NOT follow the advice they give to enable macros or enable editing to see the content. The document will have a warning message, but you will be safe.
Be aware that there are a lot of other dodgy word docs spreading that WILL infect you with no action from you, if you are still using an out dated or vulnerable version of word. This is a good reason to update your office programs to a recent version and stop using office 2003 and 2007. Many of us have continued to use older versions of word and other office programs, because they are convenient, have the functions and settings we are used to and have never seen a need to update to the latest super-duper version.
The risks in using older version are now seriously outweighing the convenience, benefits and cost of keeping an old version going.
Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware. Also please read our post about word macro malware and how to avoid being infected by them
I strongly urge you to update your office software to the latest version and stop putting yourself at risk, using old out of date software.
Email from: Richard.McConkey@danskesbank.co.uk