The DocuSign phishing attack is the latest malicious tactic used to coerce computer users into entering their account credentials on a fake login page. Such actions can have very dangerous consequences and as a result can infect the system with various malware. Our guide shows how potenital targets can spot the scam and evade it.
|Name||DocuSign Phishing Scam|
|Type||Scam / Malware|
|Short Description||This scam uses harvested or stolen information about the users by posign as a legitimate service.|
|Symptoms||Displayed scam login pages.|
|Distribution Method||Via e-mail messages, redirects and browser hijackers .|
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DocuSign Phishing Scam – Overview
The security community has alerted of a new threat — the DocuSign Phishing Scam. The hackers behind it have created a counterfeit site that poses as a legitimate login page for DocuSign, one of the leading electronic signature companies.
The practice makes use of two common tactics associated with these type of threats:
- Domain Name — The hackers use a similar sounding domain name — dacusign.^net VS docusign.com.
- Web Elements — The criminals have hijacked legitimate web elements that are used by the service.
Users can receive the DocuSign phishing scam through email messages. They are sent using a bulk distribution campaign and may either display the message itself or contain a long text-based body contents that redirect to the constructed site. In most cases the messages will be sent via the spoofed domain. Another tactic would be to spoof other users and send the messages through them.
Still the most popular method still remains the site itself. Users can get redirected to it via malicious redirects and scripts. They come under various forms, most commonly disguised as pop-ups, banners, redirects, in-line hyperlinks and etc. In many cases they can also make use of affiliate networks and users can access them via banners that can be found even on legitimate sites.
The criminals can also employ browser hijackers — they represent malicious web browser extensions that are usually spread on the plugin repositories and are advertised as useful additions. Most of them rely on fake developer credentials, false user reviews and elaborate descriptions. Once they are installed a common tactic is to reconfigure the browsers into redirecting to a hacker-controlled page.
The reason why the DocuSign phishing scam is being performed against computer users is that the hackers can easily steal information. The have prepared a fake DocusSign login page that requests their credentials (email address and password) that if entered allow the criminal controllers to attempt and use them for additional services. The dangerous fact about the scam is that it allows the users to use other services to login:
While the scam seems to primarily attempt to harvest user data it can have some very dangerous consequences. Apart from the hackers having access to a primary account credential. This information can then be used by the hackers to attempt and intrude into other accounts owned by the users.
A dangerous practice is the continued display of instructions to the victims. The hacker can lure them into downloading viruses of all kinds: Trojans, ransomware, worms and etc. A dangerous tactic is when the site loads scripts or plugins to the affected browsers. A possible case scenario is the introduction of cryptocurrency miners to the victim hosts — they use the available system resources in order to carry out complex mathematical calculations. The results are reported to a server and as a reward money is transferred to the criminal operators in the form of digital currency assets.
- Guide 1: How to Remove DocuSign Phishing Scam from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of DocuSign Phishing Scam from Mac OS X.
- Guide 3: Remove DocuSign Phishing Scam from Google Chrome.
- Guide 4: Erase DocuSign Phishing Scam from Mozilla Firefox.
- Guide 5: Uninstall DocuSign Phishing Scam from Microsoft Edge.
- Guide 6: Remove DocuSign Phishing Scam from Safari.
- Guide 7: Eliminate DocuSign Phishing Scam from Internet Explorer.
How to Remove DocuSign Phishing Scam from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove DocuSign Phishing Scam
Step 2: Uninstall DocuSign Phishing Scam and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by DocuSign Phishing Scam on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by DocuSign Phishing Scam there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Get rid of DocuSign Phishing Scam from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall DocuSign Phishing Scam and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove DocuSign Phishing Scam via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove malware from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts, programs and malware, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Remove DocuSign Phishing Scam from Google Chrome.
Step 1: Start Google Chrome and open the drop menu
Step 2: Move the cursor over "Tools" and then from the extended menu choose "Extensions"
Step 3: From the opened "Extensions" menu locate the unwanted extension and click on its "Remove" button.
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Google Chrome by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Erase DocuSign Phishing Scam from Mozilla Firefox.
Step 1: Start Mozilla Firefox. Open the menu window
Step 2: Select the "Add-ons" icon from the menu.
Step 3: Select the unwanted extension and click "Remove"
Step 4: After the extension is removed, restart Mozilla Firefox by closing it from the red "X" button at the top right corner and start it again.
Uninstall DocuSign Phishing Scam from Microsoft Edge.
Step 1: Start Edge browser.
Step 2: Open the drop menu by clicking on the icon at the top right corner.
Step 3: From the drop menu select "Extensions".
Step 4: Choose the suspected malicious extension you want to remove and then click on the gear icon.
Step 5: Remove the malicious extension by scrolling down and then clicking on Uninstall.
Remove DocuSign Phishing Scam from Safari.
Step 1: Start the Safari app.
Step 2: After hovering your mouse cursor to the top of the screen, click on the Safari text to open its drop down menu.
Step 3: From the menu, click on "Preferences".
Step 4: After that, select the 'Extensions' Tab.
Step 5: Click once on the extension you want to remove.
Step 6: Click 'Uninstall'.
A pop-up window will appear asking for confirmation to uninstall the extension. Select 'Uninstall' again, and the DocuSign Phishing Scam will be removed.
Eliminate DocuSign Phishing Scam from Internet Explorer.
Step 1: Start Internet Explorer.
Step 2: Click on the gear icon labeled 'Tools' to open the drop menu and select 'Manage Add-ons'
Step 3: In the 'Manage Add-ons' window.
Step 4: Select the extension you want to remove and then click 'Disable'. A pop-up window will appear to inform you that you are about to disable the selected extension, and some more add-ons might be disabled as well. Leave all the boxes checked, and click 'Disable'.
Step 5: After the unwanted extension has been removed, restart Internet Explorer by closing it from the red 'X' button located at the top right corner and start it again.