Fake Swiss Tax Administration Office Emails Deliver Retefe Banking Trojan

PhishMe®’s Phishing Defence Centre has observed multiple emails with a subject line that includes a reference to tax declarations in Switzerland (Original subject in German: “Fragen zu der Einkommensteuerklaerung”) as shown in Figure 1. The sender pretends to be a tax officer working for the tax administration (Eidgenoessische Steuerverwaltung ESTV) and is asking the victim to open the attached file to answer questions about the tax declaration.

Locky or TrickBot? Depends Where You Are. Malicious Payload Delivery Tailored by Geographic Location


It is not uncommon for threat actors to deploy malicious payloads from multiple malware families during a single phishing campaign. These malware tools may include ransomware, a financial crimes trojan, or other botnet malware. However, it is not as common for those attackers to deploy different malware tools based upon the geographic location of their victim.

The Phishing Kill Chain – Triage and Mitigation

Part 6 in a series on being “Left of Breach” in the Phishing Kill Chain.

In part 5 we looked at the importance of reporting and associated best practices for implementation and measuring success at both the simulation and program trending level. Now let’s shift the focus from the development of our user base as reporters to a more traditional security skill set of detection, analysis and mitigation of threats.