A nice simple, straightforward Trickbot campaign hitting UK this Morning. This example is an email containing the subject of “Reference: BACS09280981 ” pretending to come from Lloyds Bank but actually coming from “O.Wilson@lloydsbankcorp.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 excel spreadsheet attachment is today’s latest spoof of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan.
At least today they have made a bit of an effort & given us a spreadsheet that almost looks like it might contain information if you are unwise enough to enable editing & content.
The instructions tell you that Your current version of Microsoft Excel does not automatically load secure content, unless you “Enable Editing” and “Enable Content”.
Don’t do it!!. All these attempts at social engineering play on your tendencies to want to see what information is hidden. There is nothing hidden. It is a simple trick to try to persuade you to enable macros & get infected.
You can now submit suspicious sites, emails and files via our Submissions system
From: Lloyds Bank Corp <O.Wilson@lloydsbankcorp.co.uk>
Date: Wed 03/10/2018 11:30
Subject: Reference: BACS09280981
Dear customer if you are not aware of this transaction or have concerns about the request, please contact your company administrator.
The detailed information about this incoming BACs payments is available in the attached report.
Incoming BACs payments will be posted to your company account the same business day we receive attached form.
Transaction Monitoring Officer
This message, and any attachments, is for the intended recipient(s) only, may contain information that is privileged, confidential and/or proprietary and subject to important terms and conditions. If you are not the intended recipient, please delete this message.
Lloyds 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.
- lloydsbankcorp.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 spreadsheet downloads from http://embassygarmentindustries.com/share.bigfiles which is a renamed .exe file VirusTotal | Gtag Ser 1003
The alternate Download location is http://stamga.com/share.bigfiles
The folder for the files & configs is: C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\AMNI
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: O.Wilson@lloydsbankcorp.co.uk