Tuesday, 24 November 2015

IMPORTANT! U.S. Treasury Department FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

Description:


IMPORTANT! U.S. Treasury Department FEDERAL RESERVE BANK macro malware.

Headers:

From: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK" {administration@federalreserve.com}
Subject: IMPORTANT! U.S. Treasury Department.

Message Body:

Important:
You are getting this letter in connection with new directive No. 172390635 issued by U.S. Treasury Department, Federal Reserve and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The directive concerns U.S. Federal Wire and ACH online payments.
We regret to inform you that from 11/24/2015 till 11/27/2015 definite restrictions will be applied to all Federal Wire and ACH online transactions.
It's essential to know all the restrictions and the list of affected institutions. The process of working with online transactions is mostly very tense, so it's possible to overlook the applied restrictions, that may be very important for you.
More detailed information regarding the affected institutions and U.S. Treasury Department restrictions is contained in the attached document.
Federal Reserve Bank System Administration
Attachment filename(s):

juniorbeco_06711D233A9.xls

Sha256 Hashes:

dd512875c5fc3a1040b7aaf7493274ee66573c118e536f0863ff3dc888a2eeb5 [1]


Malware Virus Scanner Report(s):

VirusTotal Report: [1] (detection ?/55)

Sanesecurity Signature detection:


badmacro.ndb: Sanesecurity.Badmacro.XlsM.003

Important notes:

Am I Safe?

The current round of Word/Excel/XML/Docm attachments are targeted at Windows and Microsoft Office users.

Apple (Mac/iPhone/iPad), Android and Blackberry mobiles/tablets that open these attachments will be safe.LibreOffice and OpenOffice users should also be safe but do not enable macros if asked to by the
attached file.


If you have Macros disabled  in Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel, you should be safe but again,
do not enable macros if asked to by the attached file.

However, if you are an  (Mac/iPhone/iPad), Android and Blackberry mobiles/tablet user.. and forward the message to a Windows user, you will then put them at risk of opening the attachment and auto-downloading the malware.

These word/excel attachments normally try to download either...

    Dridex banking trojan,
    Shifu banking trojan

... both of which are designed to steal login information regarding your bank accounts either by
key logging, taking screen shots or copying information directly from your clipboard (copy/paste)


It's also worth remembering that the company itself  may not have any knowledge of this faked email and any link(s) or attachment in the email normally won't have come from their servers or IT systems but from an external bot net.

These bot-net emails normally have faked email headers/addresses.

It's not advised to ring/email the the company themselves, as there won't really be anything they can do to help you or to stop the emails being spread.



Cheers,
Steve

2 comments:

Janani Vivek said...

Awesome! Thanks for ur post! I just received this mail!

Anonymous said...

a variation on the message is from: administration@usfederalreservebank.com
contains the same body content and malicious macro xls