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There’s a nasty banking Trojan on the loose

Cur­rently, there are crim­i­nals phoning you to advise you there is a parcel to be deliv­ered. At the same time, they send you an e-mail con­taining a link pur­port­edly con­taining your delivery note. This actu­ally con­tains an e-banking Trojan though.

Your phone rings. A lady with an Eastern Euro­pean accent tells you she is sched­uling a delivery for you. Due to Corona, she has sent you your delivery note by e-mail. You will simply have to print this out, sign and hand it to the driver. With most recent cases, this may also involve a recorded mes­sage. (Source: cybercrimepolice.ch)

There are crim­i­nals behind such calls. And the link con­tained in the e-mail serves to infect a victim’s com­puter with an e-banking Trojan. Once installed, all future e-banking activ­i­ties are redi­rected to the per­pe­tra­tors, who will then modify your pay­ments and redi­rect your remit­tances to their own account.

Cur­rently, it is mainly SMEs which are con­tacted in this way. Pri­vate indi­vid­uals might how­ever also be affected. The most per­fid­ious thing is that cur­rent antivirus soft­ware will not find any mal­ware on an infected PC, and that SMS ver­i­fi­ca­tion is circumvented.

As of late, there has been large-scale data theft from infected com­pa­nies too. Sev­eral weeks after the ini­tial infec­tion, these data are encrypted and used to black­mail SMEs (ran­somware).

Please note the fol­lowing to ensure you don’t fall victim to this scam:

  • Never click on any link in the e-mail received.
  • Write down the fraudster’s tele­phone number and report this to the police.
  • If you have already clicked any such link, con­tact your finan­cial insti­tu­tion imme­di­ately and men­tion that your com­puter might just be infected with an e-banking Trojan. Stop using your com­puter imme­di­ately, and have it rein­stalled from scratch. Report this as an offence to your local police station.
  • If you are not quite sure or some­thing is not clear, please con­tact your finan­cial institution.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion and exam­ples can be found here: www.cybercrimepolice.ch (German)

Addi­tional gen­eral infor­ma­tion on phishing can also be found in our article on Phishing.


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