Your Christmas Gift From Evil Santa: An Online Banking Trojan


At Christmas, everyone looks forward to getting gifts from Santa. In the Christmas spirit, cybercriminals are also looking to send everyone gifts. Baidu Antivirus Security Center has discovered just such a gang of cybercriminals who are playing evil Santa and sending dangerous “presents” to boys and girls around the world. When people open their online gifts, their computers will be immediately infected with an online banking Trojan. This could ultimately lead to their bank account being drained. Ho ho ho!

Analysis by Baidu Antivirus security experts has revealed that cybercriminals first send out a phishing message with the name "CHRISTMAS OFFERS".

These cybercriminals take advantage of human nature. When a person sees that the document is blank and suspects that Microsoft has automatically blocked the message, he may disable the Microsoft Office macro security settings to make sure not to miss any Christmas deals.

Once the Microsoft Office macro security settings are disabled, a malicious code will secretly download an online banking Trojan or another type of harmful Trojan in the background. This will infect the user’s computer and could even lead to financial losses.

Baidu Antivirus Security Center has discovered that two main variants of this Trojan are being propagated. Baidu Antivirus users can intercept these Trojans if they enable real-time protection.

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