A slightly different phishing scam today. I have not previously seen any Blockchain or Bitcoin phishes. We know they are and have been around, but so few people actually use them, that it really isn’t worth the effort to set one up. Now Bitcoin is worth more than $1,000 and so many victims of ransomware are told to pay in bitcoin, the phishing gangs have obviously thought, lets give it a try & see what we get.
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.
The original email looks like this It will NEVER be a genuine email from Blockchain, Bitcoin, your bank any other company so don’t ever click the link in the email. If you do it will lead you to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine Blockchain website but you can clearly see in the address bar, that it is fake. Some versions of this and similar phishes will ask you fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email.
The link in the email goes to “http://126.96.36.199/~kudi/admin/blockchain/info/login.php” which is an OVH German server
The emails actually are coming from sterlinggroup.com.bd which I assume is a compromised / hacked server
|188.8.131.52||mail.sterlinggroup.com.bd||Tungi||Dhaka||BD||AS24323 aamra networks limited,|
|184.108.40.206||NG||AS37148 Globacom Limited|
From: Blockchain <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed 04/01/2017 05:10
Subject: Verify Your Wallet
Technical services of Blockchain are carrying out a planned software upgrade. We earnestly ask you to visit the following link to start the procedure of confirmation on customer’s data.
To get started, please click the link below:
This instruction has been sent to all blockchain users and is obligatory to follow.
Thank you, Customers Support Service.
Following the link sends you to a site looking identical to the genuine Blockchain website, where they ask for your identity number and password
If you follow through, all they want is your email address and password but none of the other information that these phishing scams usually ask for.
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.