This example is today’s latest spoof or imitation of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan. The email with the subject of ” Transaction Report – Important Information! ” pretends to come from Danske Bank but actually comes from “email@example.com” which is a look-a-like, typo-squatted or other domain that can easily be misidentified, mistaken or confused with the genuine site. These have a malicious office file attachment. today again they are using XLS Excel Spreadsheet files
Danske Bankhas 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 the genuine Company, Bank, Government Department or message sending service. Normally there is only one newly registered domain that imitates a well known Company, Government Department, Bank or other organisation that can easily be confused with the genuine body or website in some way. These are hosted on & send the emails from 3 or 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.
- danskebankcom.uk hosted on 126.96.36.199 but sending emails via 188.8.131.52 | 184.108.40.206 | 220.127.116.11 | 18.104.22.168 |
You can now submit suspicious sites, emails and files via our Submissions system
From: Danske Bank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed 21/11/2018 12:26
Subject: Transaction Report – Important Information!
We take the security of your accounts seriously and want to let you know about a type of scam that is on the increase.
We’re aware that people across Northern Ireland and United Kingdom are being targeted by fraudsters claiming to be from reputable, well-known telephone companies or internet providers. The fraudsters may use slightly different tactics to those explained below but their aim is to get you to share your eBanking screen or reveal security information related to your bank account.
We recently noticed potentially suspicious activity on your account and we blocked this transactions, please check attached report and confirm that you authorised all of these transactions.
MD Personal Banking and Small Business
Emails sent to you by Danske Bank are encrypted. They will not contain any personal information such as date of birth, pin numbers or bank account number.
Danske Bank will never ask you to supply personal information such as passwords or security information via email. If you receive an email that appears to have been sent by Danske Bank and requests you to enter personal information please do not reply, do not follow the instructions and report this to email@example.com
There is only 1 download location again today
The folder for the files & configs is: C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\vrssit
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: firstname.lastname@example.org