We see lots of phishing attempts for email credentials. This one is slightly different than many others and much more involved and complicated. It pretends to be a message from DHL to pickup a parcel. At first I thought, Oh look the criminals have found a new way to persuade the victim to download malware, but no, it is a standard phishing attempt although using heavily encoded data:text/html;base64 encoded files. These only work in Chrome or Firefox. Internet explorer is much safer & refuses to display these
They use 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.
Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the Name in the From: and not the bit in <domain.com >. That is why these scams and phishes work so well.
The email looks like:
From: DHL NOTIFICATION <email@example.com>
Date: Fri 05/05/2017 09:52
Subject: PARCEL ARRIVED (Waiting Pick Up)!!!
Attachment: DHL RECIEPT.htm
Your Package arrived at our post office since 20-02-2017. Our courier was unable
to deliver the parcel to you due to incorrect delivery details.
To receive your parcel, download attached receipt to view parcel information
and forward to nearest DHL office. We apologize for the stress and delay in delivery.
NOTE: Due to network issue, please if you receive the message in spam/junk folder,
kindly move to inbox to enable you download the attached file.
Dhl Online Notification @ 2017.
This email has an HTML attachment that when opened in Google Chrome or Firefox shows this page. Internet Explorer refuses to display these data/text files and gives a page not found
After you input your email address and password, you get redirected to the genuine DHL home page but your details are silently sent to the criminal at http://gbegameytrade.net/ley/input.php
We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers”
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.
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. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. 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.