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Phishing campaigns used victim's location to determine whether to deliver Locky or Trickbot - SC Magazine

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Combining two malware programs into one phishing campaign forces security pros to execute different incident responses in differently affected regions, PhishMe explains.

Researchers at PhishMe recently detected two email-based phishing campaigns that infected users with either Locky ransomware or the Trickbot banking trojan based on the victim's geographical location – a technique that the company claims is rather uncommon.

According to a company blog post published last week, the first campaign on Sept. 28 was designed to distribute TrickBot to targets in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, and the UK. All other locations received Locky. This operation was followed by another Trickbot-Locky phishing campaign on Oct. 11, which relied on a malicious script that had recently evolved to include a command-and-control reporting mechanism.

Both campaigns were part of a larger effort to distribute two new variants of Locky known as Ykcol and Asasin, PhishMe Threat...(continued)

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