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Advanced Deception with BEC Fraud Attacks

Background Business Email Compromise (BEC) email fraud, also known as "CEO Fraud" or "Whaling", has become a major financial cyber threat, affecting businesses of all sizes globally. In such attacks a fraudster impersonates an executive of an organization to trick...

Bank Malspam Revisited

Last week we wrote about some malicious spam containing Microsoft Publisher files, leading to the FlawedAmmyy RAT, where the actors behind the campaign were targeting banks. The same actors have resumed business today, however this time, they embedded the Publisher...

Malicious SettingContent now delivered through PDF

Recently, a proof-of-concept emerged on how the filetype SettingContent can be abused when getting embedded in Microsoft Office Documents. SettingContent is a feature in Windows 10 which acts as a shortcut to different system settings. Legitimate examples of this can...

DanaBot Riding Fake MYOB Invoice Emails

Authors: Dr. Fahim Abbasi and Diana Lopera We recently observed phishing emails targeting Australian customers with fake MYOB invoices. Instead of the usual HTTP links, these emails were ridden with FTP links pointing to compromised FTP servers. While most of...

Fake ASIC Renewal Spam Delivers Malware to Australian Companies

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) is an independent government agency that is Australia's corporate, market and financial services regulator. ASIC provides several services including registration services for Australian companies. Opportunist Scammers taking advantage of the new year, leveraged...

Multi-Stage Email Word Attack Without Macros

Malware authors often distribute malware through code macros in Microsoft Office documents such as Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Regardless of the particular Office version, macros can be executed whenever the user opens the file. By default users get warnings from...

CHM Badness Delivers a Banking Trojan

Like good old Microsoft Office Macros, Compiled HTML (CHM) Help files have been utilized by malware authors for more than a decade to sneak malicious downloader code into files making them harder to detect. CHMs are a Microsoft proprietary online...

Sneaky *.BAT File Leads to Spoofed Banking Page

If you thought using BAT files was old hat, think again. While monitoring our Secure Email Gateway Cloud service, we came across several suspect spam emails targeting Brazilian users. The figure below shows email details to trick and entice users...

VAT Return with a Vengeance

Authors: Dr. Fahim Abbasi, Gerald Carsula and Rodel Mendrez Scam Overview Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is the UK department responsible for collecting taxes and other tax related services like VAT returns. On 6th September, 2017, scammers launched a...

Locky Part 2: As the Seasons Change so is Locky

It's that time of year where the seasons are changing. The Northern Hemisphere moves into Autumn, and the Southern Hemisphere moves to Spring. So it is with Locky. As we discussed in our last post, spam campaigns were downloading Locky...

Emotet lives another day using Fake O2 invoice notifications

Authors: Dr. Fahim Abbasi and Nicholas Ramos We witnessed a widespread phishing campaign targeting O2 customers, that surfaced on 18th August, 2017 and continued intermittently until 21st August, 2017. Telefonica UK Limited, trading as O2, is a major telco provider...

Malware Xeroing in on Cloud Accounting Customers

Authors: Dr. Fahim Abbasi and Rodel Mendrez We witnessed a sophisticated phishing campaign on 16th August 2017, targeting victims by sending spoofed phishing email messages appearing to come from Xero. Xero is a New Zealand-based software company that develops cloud-based...

The Spam, JavaScript and Ransomware Triangle

Authors: Dr. Fahim Abbasi and Nicholas Ramos Introduction Our global spam honeypot sensors detected a pervasive email campaign that was leveraging a zipped attachment containing a malicious JavaScript. When opened, the JavaScript was used to infect victims with ransomware. This...

Necurs Unleashed "Locky diablo" from Hell

Over two days in early August (the 8th and 9th), amidst of the active distribution of Trickbot malware, a new Locky ransomware variant called "diablo" has emerged from hell. The Trustwave SpiderLabs Spam Research Database has picked up a large...

Tale of the Two Payloads – TrickBot and Nitol

A couple of weeks ago, we observed the Necurs botnet distributing a new malware spam campaign with a payload combo that includes Trickbot and Nitol. Trickbot is a banking trojan that first appeared late last year targeting banks in Europe,...