Lloyds Bank PCI DSS Compliance Programme – Fake PDF Malware

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PCI DSS Compliance Programme pretending to be from Lloyds Bank is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.

The same malware payload is also coming in with an email from Barclays Bank saying Your Barclays Business Mandate Change Request- SB- 1-2-621437508

all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your facebook and other social network log in details.

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.

Reference: C76

Merchant number: 0185421

Thank you for your recent request for your PCI DSS Compliance Management Service Portal Password which we’ve detailed below.

For more information please view attached file. Please keep a copy of this email in case you need to refer to it at a later date.

Contact Details

The PCI DSS Compliance Management Service Portal will guide your business through the process. However, if you have any queries about PCI DSS, or if we can be of any further help, please call us on our Merchant Support Centre on 0845 0710 544.*

Lines are open Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm. You can also find further information about the Standards at
www.pcisecuritystandards.org <http://www.pcisecuritystandards.org> .

Yours faithfully
Hollie Richmond

Senior Manager, PCI Compliance, Lloyds Bank Cardnet
† Calls may be monitored or recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help improve our quality of service.

Please remember we cannot guarantee the security of messages sent by email.

lloyds PCI DSS Compliance Programme fake email
3 April 2014: Lloyds-Case_0185421.zip (7kb) Extracts to Lloyds-Case_030414.exe Current Virus total detections: 2/51

This PCI DSS Compliance Programme is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.

All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day.

Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.

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