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Fraudsters pretend to be the Ministry of Finance – watch out for emails about tax arrears. LokiBot malware attached

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Fraudsters pretend to be the Ministry of Finance and send e-mails with information about the alleged arrears in tax payments – warns CERT Polska. It also warns against a campaign aimed at infecting computers with malware.

“In e-mails, cybercriminals pretend to be the Ministry of Finance with a false sender’s address” info @ gove[.]pl “. The message with the title ‘Tax arrears’ contains information about the alleged discrepancy in the tax records.

Fraudsters pretend to be the Ministry of Finance

The recipient is encouraged to download and open the attached excel sheets to go with them to the bank or tax office, “cybersecurity experts wrote on social media.

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Tax arrears emails – beware of LokiBot malware

The CERT Polska team explained that “in fact, launching the attachment will infect your computer with the LokiBot Trojan”, which will “allow fraudsters to remotely access your computer and obtain sensitive information.” In this way, criminals can, for example, obtain saved login details for websites.

“Be vigilant” – urges CERT Polska.

CERT Polska operates within the structures of NASK (Scientific and Academic Computer Network), which is a research institute conducting scientific activity, a national registry of .pl domains and provides advanced ICT services. In turn, CERT Polska is the first Computer Emergency Response Team in Poland.

Warnings against fraudsters

Fraudsters continue their activities. In September, there were warnings against By SMS with false information about being sent to quarantine. We have received numerous signals on this matter on Contact 24.

In last weeks ING Bank Śląski warned against a false website, and Bank BPS reported that cybercriminals were impersonating a bank and sending e-mails with alleged confirmation of the transfer. Earlier, Getin Bank’s clients were warned against fraudsters by the Polish Financial Supervision Authority CSIRT. As reported, cyber criminals prepared a fake login panel.

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