Fake DHL notification delivers  malware / pswstealer LokiBot

New MalSpam campaign of fake DHL package leads to download Malware Stealer known as LokiBot that infect PC

TG Soft's C.R.A.M. (Anti-Malware Research Center) examined an  email included in a campaign spreading the malware Trojan LokiBot sent on  January 21, 2019.

yber-criminals developed "Social engineering" methods for fraudulent mass mailings, to induce the victim to open infected attachments or click on links in the body of the message.



 If you received a suspicious email, send it to C.R.A.M. (Center for Anti-Malware Research): How to send suspicious emails

Fake Mail spreads Trojan "LokiBot"

Name: LokiBot
Malware family
: Password Stealer

The email was detected on January 21, 2019

Example of analyzed email:

Subject: DHL Express Shipment Confirmation

DHL Express Shipment Confirmation - Mozilla Thunderbird
Oggetto: DHL Express Shipment Confirmation
|          DHL LOGO              |

DHL Express Shipment Confirmation

Dear Sir/Madam,

An enclosed package addressed to you was sent  through our courier service by you0r business associate.

We need to confirm you are the actual receiver before we set out for final delivery to your address.

Download Attachment  file to confirm your delivery address with us to ensure smooth and fast delivery.

Failure to verify address might lead to delay in scheduled delivery or loss of important document

|                  |
|       LINK       |
|                  |

DHL Delivery Team.

(c) 2018 DHL International


CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message is from DHL and may contain confidential business information. It is intended solely for the use of the individual to whom it is addressed. If you are not the intended recipient please contact the sender and delete this message and any attachment from your system. Unauthorized publication, use, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this E-Mail and its attachments is strictly prohibited.


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How it spreads:
The email, themed by a well-known courier company, claims the need to confirm the shipping address of a package by downloading the attachment.
Actually, the email does not contain an attachment but rather a link associated with an image of a blurry, unreadable document so as to entice the user to click on it in order to view it properly.
The link refers to a well-known and legitimate file transfer service (OneDrive):
  • https[:]//onedrive.live[.]com/download?cid=391FF638CEDA8645&resid=391FF638CEDA8645%21106&authkey=AMGNNPFwLT3rchE
The technique of using legitimate file transfer services is used to avoid control systems.

The link leads to the download of an archive file (.iso) with the following characteristics:
  • File Name: DHL DOCUMENTS ,xls.iso
  • Size: 157.895 byte
  • Md5: 3BFFA0DB89D1358B3A5DEBEFEDC18837
The archive contains within it an executable file with the following characteristics:
  • File Name: DHL DOCUMENTS ,xls.exe
  • Size: 212.992 byte
  • Md5: 9C78530B77E5D578FF117A7AE06E17FB
  • Compilation date: 20/01/2019 - 23:52:19
  • Malware family: LokiBot
  • VirIT: Trojan.Win32.LokiBot.BGE
As you can see from the graphic below the executable file, once started, at first executes the legitimate Windows Operating System software "RegAsm.exe", where it will perform an Injection and then proceed to exfiltrate the data.

After the Injection, the malware begins to collect the information to exfiltrate by reading the information/configuration files of various software. Below we give some examples:
Browser Client Email Client FTP
Internet Explorer
Mozilla Firefox
Google Chrome
Mozilla SeaMonkey
Comodo IceDragon
Epic Privacy Browser
Flock Browser
Next, the malware attempts to connect to the command and control (C&C) server:
  • http[:]//somotexng[.]ru/newone/Panel/fre.php
On analysis date, the C&C server is not reachable.

Below is a graph of the infection process:
The following URLs were also found within the body of the malware:
  • kbfvzoboss[.]bid/alien/fre[.]php
  • alphastand[.]trade/alien/fre[.]php
  • alphastand[.]win/alien/fre[.]php
  • alphastand[.]top/alien/fre[.]php

The Trojan.Win32.LokiBot is a member of the Password Stealer macrofamily. Its peculiarities are to steal logins and passwords for accessing important sites such as home banking, social networks, web portal login credentials, e-mail, FTP, etc...




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How to identify a fake email

Experience and common sense are the first weapons to avoid these kinds of scams.
Careful reading of the email, in all its elements, is essential. Be wary of ZIP-formatted attachments and, if possible, DO NOT enable automatic macro execution. It is strongly discouraged to set up automatic execution of macros since simply opening Word and Excel files will see the immediate execution of macros without any prior alert.
In case you have been infected by a Banker, the advice from TG Soft's C.R.A.M., is to take appropriate security precautions even after the remediation of the system(s) involved such as changing the most commonly used passwords on the Web. In case the wokstation involved is used for home-banking transactions, an assessment with your credit institution is also recommended. 

How to send suspicious emails for analysis as possible virus/malware/ransomware and/or Phishing attempts

Sending materials to TG Soft's Anti-Malware Research Center for analysis, which is always free of charge, can be done safely in two ways:
  1. Any suspect email can be sent directly by the recipient's e-mail, to the following mail lite@virit.com,choosing as sending mode "Forward as Attachment" and inserting in the subject section "Possible phishing page to verify" rather than "Possible Malware to verify";
  2. save  the e-mail to be sent to the C.R.A.M. TG Soft for analysis as an external file to the e-mail program used. The resulting file must be sent by uploading it from the page Send Suspect Files (http://www.tgsoft.it/italy/file_sospetti.asp). Obviously if you want a feedback on the analysis of the data submitted, you have to indicate an e-mail address and a brief description of the reason for the submission (for example: possiible / probable phishing; possible / probable malware or other).
  We give you these suggestions to help avoiding credential theft, viruses/malware or even worse next-generation Ransomware / Crypto-Malware.

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