TrickerBot malware attacks are ramping up ahead of Tax Day

A powerful data-stealing malware campaign with a tax theme is on the rise to target unsuspecting filers ahead of Tax Day.
TrickBot, a financially motivated trojan, infects Windows computers through a malicious Excel document sent by a specially crafted email. Once infected, the malware targets vulnerable devices on the network and combs for passwords and banking information to send back to the attacker. The collected information can be used to steal funds for fraud. The ever-expanding malware is continually developed to collect as many credentials as possible.
By stealing tax documents, the scammers can also file fraudulent end-of-year tax forms to reap the returns. The Internal Revenue said fraudsters scammed the agency out of more than $1.6 million in fraudulent returns during the 2016 tax year.
IBM X-Force researchers say the attackers have begun impersonating emails from three of the largest accounting and payroll providers, including ADP and Paychex, by registering similar-looking domains — known as domain squatting.
TrickerBot malware attacks are ramping up ahead of Tax Day
One of the spoofed emails impersonating a payroll provider. (Image: supplied)
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