Malware spammed out as fake DHL tracking notifications

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Disguising email as notifications of package deliveries is not a new trick, but cybercriminals keep using it.

And the reason they keep using this social engineering trick to infect users’ computers? Well, the answer is simple. It works.

Windows malware is being spammed out right now posing as tracking notifications from DHL.

It may appear to be a legitimate-looking email from DHL, but you should be wary about the attached file.

The latest incarnation of the attack uses emails similar to the following (the tracking notification number can vary):

Subject: DHL Tracking Notification ID: [random number] From: “DHL International” <notice@dhl.be>

The most convincing thing about this email? No spelling mistakes.

Attached to the emails is a…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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