Bad Guys Use Faked DHL Package Delivery Service Emails To Spread Malware

a box of malware

This is a pretty busy time for most retailers.

At this time of year they are getting their stores ready to be able to receive the onslaught of customers that will soon be walking down their aisles.

A lot of their potential customers will not want to brave the holiday mad rush and they will decide to do their shopping online.

This is a much more relaxing and seemingly more safe atmosphere to be able to get all of your loved ones, the gifts that they desire.

Unfortunately the bad guys are working hard as well.

a box of malware

They are coming up with unique and innovative ways to be able to get their malicious data onto your computer.

One unique way that they have come up with, is to send fake emails that appear to be from the delivery service DHL.

This attack is a very ingenious one since it uses the holiday season to make people think two things.

One, that the order that they made from an online website is having a problem.

This news brings enough stress for most people to let down their guard.

Or two, that someone is sending them a package as a surprise and that there has been a problem.

Either way, this is proving to be a very effective method for getting people to download the infected files onto their computer.

The attack works like this –

You are sent a fake email that seems to originate from a legitimate email address of the delivery service DHL.

The email has a tracking number that says UOYKCUFSBERKNAIBR.

The tracking number is also the name of the zip file that they want you to download to install the malicious files on your computer.

The actual content of the email says,

Dear Customer,

The courier company was not able to deliver your parcel to your address.

You may pick up the parcel personally.

The shipping label is attached to this email (this is the files that will damage your computer).

Please print this label to get this package to our post offices.

Regards the DHL Express Service.

As you can see, this is a very convincing email but it is no more than a scam to try to get a piece of malware onto your computer.

You always want to be careful of files that you are downloading to your computer.

Even if it appears to be from a trusted company, such as DHL, make sure that you always run a quick antivirus scan on the files.

This will save you a lot of time and potential aggravation later on down the road.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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