Friday, 28 November 2008

French "Bill Gates" lottery scam

A colourful lottery scam featuring Bill Gates. The pitch is that the Bill Gates Foundation is running a lottery and you have won €400,000 which for some reason will be paid through a bank in the Ivory Coast. It is all written in fairly simple French, and it isn't difficult to see that the pitch is basically the same as in English.



Subject: Toutes Nos "Felicitation !!!!! Vous Venez De Gagnez La Somme De 400.000Euros"

From: lottery_cristal2008

Bonjour Mme / M,

Nous vous contactons par cette presente pour vous informer de votregain à la Bill Gates fondation ISABELLE CHEVALIER

Ceci n'étant donc pas un spam ni un virus, veuillez trouver en fichier joint votre notification de gain.

Cordialement.

Mme ISABELLE CHEVALIER

Directrice des Opérations

INTERNATIONALE BILL GATES

FONDATION.

Contact Agent

NOM ET PRENOMS : Bouah Williams Herve

numéro de téléphone: 0225-02 73 98 90

E-mail:cabinet_bouah_williams_herve@yahoo.fr





Unusually, the scam comes with a PDF attachment that gives more details. On the principle that unsolicited PDF files can often come with nasty surprises, here is a JPG version for you to enjoy (click to enlarge):

A strange mismash of elements that looks unconvincing, but it does seem that people still fall for this type of trick.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

SINOCHEM bogus job offer

Nice for them to label this as "spam". SINOCHEM is a legitimate and huge Chinese chemicals company, but they did not send this email. Why would SINOCHEM need to use a Yahoo! email account anyway? Liu Deshu really is the president of SINOCHEM though, it's a case of the scammers trying to use a real name to make it more convincing.




Subject: Spam: Free: Collection Officer Needed
From: "Sinochem Company"

China National Chemicals Import & Export Corporation(SINOCHEM)
Tower A2,Fuxingmenai,
Street,Beijing,
People's Republic of China.
PC: 100080.

REF:SC/08/00867546.

Dear Sir/Madam,

We need Representatives from all over the World and as specified.

North America

Collection Officer wanted in this region who will assist in retrieving debts
from our clients in USA & CANADA.

EUROPE, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA & AUSTRALIAS

Someone needed to assist in setting up a Branch of our Company in his/her
country.

If interested, please supply the following:

1) Name
2) Country

Send your response via email SPECIFICALLY to sinochemcorp221@yahoo.cn

Respectfully Submitted,
Mr. Liu Deshu.
President.
Sinochem Trading Company.


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

bobbear.co.uk "Joe Job" attack

BobBear.co.uk is a comprehensive resource covering money laundering and parcel reshipping scams. Recently it has been under a DDOS attack from the Bad Guys. They have followed this up with a Joe Job,with a series of offensive email messages apparently "from" Bob Harrison who runs BobBear. This has happened before.

The messages have a faked "from" addresses @tiscali.co.uk and @gmail.com account, presumably those belonging to Bob Harrison in an attempt to get his mailboxes shut down.

Sample subjects are:
  • Fukkah
  • Bitched
  • Butthole
  • Penises
  • Mutha Fuker
  • Suck
  • Polack

Sample body text:
  • your son sexy nigger boob knobz knobs
  • your father pusse phuker
  • your mother asholes retard
  • your son cnts cock head bitches knobs
  • our daughter mutha fucker phuc
  • your dad phuck sluts
  • your son cocksucker fuker
There are probably hundreds of hosts sending out this mail, but I have seen 128.130.173.77 and 65.98.57.10 repeatedly.

Don't bother complaining to Tiscali or Gmail about this, BobBear is not sending out the spam. Instead, use a reporting service such as SpamCop to send a complaint back to whoever manages the sending machine.

Monday, 24 November 2008

"Ran-De-Vou Co." proofreading scam

Sometimes it is hard to see what the scam is with some of the job offers, except that undoubtedly it IS a scam. This job offer from the ficticious "Ran-De-Vou Co." offers a proofreading job which is kind of unusual at first glance.



Subject: Successful Positions Available

Dear Job Seeker,

We are glad to inform you about new vacancy opening in the area of proofreading at
Ran-De-Vou Co.


Part time job Description:

We provide you with business messages which require revision and your task is to
make necessary
corrections as an english speaking person, and e-mail them back to us.


Payment:

There is no fixed salary for this vacancy. We offer $5.00 per 1Kb of the text which
you revise (the workload is about 4-5 Kb a day).
The salary is paid once a month, and begins with the date of the first revision you
make.
(Example: by editing 5Kb of texts a day you earn $1000.00 a month)


Requirements:

-Applicant must be a US citizen
-Applicant must be of a legal age: 21+
-Applicant should be skilled in computer usage, and American English


Feel free to submit the application form which follows only to e-mail:
ran.devou.gr@gmail.com
__________
FULL NAME:
HOME ADDRESS:
CITY, STATE, ZIP CODE:
Phone number (home or cell, but SHOULD BE available any day time):
E-MAIL:
AGE:
OCCUPATION:
EDUCATION:
----------

You will receive a response from us in 24 hours.

If you have any questions please reply only at our e-mail: ran.devou.gr@gmail.com

Sincerely, Ran-De-Vou Co. Team



Unlike the usual money mule and parcel reshipping scam jobs, this really does seem to be asking for a proofreader. And given the poor quality of English seen in some of these scams, it is easy to understand why. In fact, there is a whole underground fake career network aimed at recruiting virtual office staff for these bogus outfits. Unfortunately for these "employees", they are usually the people that end up having to deal with the police when the scam gets busted.

Avoid.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

"Louvre Tec Products Ltd" job offer scam

LouvreTec is a wholly legitimate New Zealand company using the domains www.louvretec.co.nz, louvretec.net, louvretec.com and other similar names.

This fraudulent job offer is not from LouvreTec, but it looks like it is.

Subject: Work Online With US
From: "Louvre Tec Products Ltd" Job@louvretec.co.nz

You could make 5,000 pounds online in a week without delaying your present job...


Hit REPLY for more details..

NOTICE: IF YOU ARE SERIOUS TO GET EMPLOYED ONLINE, YOU MUST REGULARLY CHECK YOUR JUNK OR/ BULK OR/ SPAM FOLDERS IN OTHER NOT TO LOSE SOME OF OUR MESSAGES.
Although it appears to be "from" louvretec.co.nz, hitting "reply" comes up with a completely different email address of louvretecproductsltd.n.z@emailaccount.com. The scammers are hoping that no-one will notice this. (In case you are wondering why it is different, it's an annoying feature called the "reply to" address).

£5000 a week sounds good.. after all, that's over a quarter of a million quid a year. Yeah right..

One interesting thing with this spam is the bit at the bottom. The scammers realise that spam filters tend to remove junk like this, so they are asking you to check your junk messages for job offers. Not a good idea.

Originating IP address is 78.159.123.169, which claims to be in the UK and the message was sent to an email address stolen from a UK online retailer.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

ISC: Large quantity SQL Injection mitigation

The ISC have given some good guidance on SQL injection mitigation, in case your server has been hit by Asprox or something similar. It's complicated stuff, and if you don't understand it, then it is definitely worth hiring a professional to fix your database.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Microsoft Morro: free anti-virus software for consumers

This might be a good deal for cash-strapped consumers, but a bad deal for other anti-virus companies.

Anyway, "Microsoft Morro" is the name given to this idea of giving away free anti-virus software to consumers. I will say that Microsoft's malware scanning technology is actually pretty darned good, but having a security monoculture is not a good idea.

I think perhaps McAfee, Symantec and some other AV vendors might be lawyering up on this one..

Friday, 14 November 2008

McColo dead - spam 69% down

If there was any doubt the McColo was behind a vast majority of the world spam, then I think the figures speak for themselves. We're seeing a 69% drop in spam volumes day-on-day (although we still only have one day's worth of post-McCole data). It will be interesting to see how long this takes to recover back to "normal" levels of awfulness.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Estdomains and McColo sentenced to death


After some hesitation, ICANN have finally decided to terminate Estdomains, who most people in the security industry regarded as a rogue registrar with unhealthy connections to organised crime.

Another piece of good news is that McColo has been knocked offline - it turns out that they were hosting a number of command and control servers for botnets plus a load of other unpleasant stuff. Spam levels have dropped by a massive two-thirds as a result. Nice work.. and a big thanks to all those involved!

Monday, 10 November 2008

"DOMAIN LISTINGS CENTER" spam


For some reason, I am seeing a big upswing in Canadian spam at the moment. This one is a very misleading offer entitled "ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION" for a domain that I have parked and have never used. It is only when you get near the bottom that the message carries a disclaimer "Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer".




DOMAIN LISTINGS CENTER
8171 Yonge St. Suite# 149
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6
Canada

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
NOTICE
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

(Please make necessary changes)
ATT: name
address
,
WWW.domain.com

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES:
Premium Package




ANNUAL WEBSITE SEARCH ENGINE SUBMISSION
FROM DECEMBER 1,2008 THRU DECEMBER 1,2018
OR
FROM DECEMBER 1,2008 THRU DECEMBER 1,2013

TOTAL
$295.00

$185.00


SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES:




Custom keyword research
Optimized title and meta tags
Submission to 900 search engines and directories
safe follow-up re-submissions every 3 months
Helpful professional support


THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation. You are under no obligation to pay the amount(s) stated unless you accept this offer.


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Domain Name

WWW.domain.com Amount

Requested Reply

November 10th,2008

THIS NOTICE IS A SOLICITATION AND A RECEIPT OF PAYMENT WILL CONFIRM YOUR ANNUAL SUBMISSION
*100% SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED OR YOUR MONEY BACK

Please select the number of years you would like to signup for
[ ] 10 Years .......... $295 (Best Value, Most Recommended!)
[ ] 5 Years .......... $185
[ ] 2 Years .......... $99
[ ] 1 Years .......... $75
If you have other domains you may list them below (please send a separate check for each domain and write your domain name on the memo section of the check)
Other domain(s) __________________ , __________________ , __________________


Total $ _______

________________________________
Signature

________________________________
Date


Payment by Check or Money Order
Print and mail a copy of this order form along with a check or money order to the address listed below:
Domain Listings Center
8171 Yonge St. Suite# 149
Thornhill, ON L3T 2C6
Canada

Please do not forget to include a copy of this order form along with your payment!


www.domain.com


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

By accepting this offer, you agree not to hold DLC liable for any part. Note that THIS IS NOT A BILL. This is a solicitation.
You are under no obligation to pay the amounts stated unless you accept this offer. The information in this letter contains confidential and/or legally privileged information from the notification processing department of the Domain Listing Services Inc.
This information is intended only for the use of the individual(s) named above. If you do not wish to receive further updates from DLC send an email to dolistscent3272@operamail.com to unsubscribe.
If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that disclosure, copying, distribution or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents for this letter is strictly prohibited.

* 100% satisfaction guaranteed, you may request a refund within 30 days if your are not satisfied with our services.



Originating IP is 72.51.46.77. File it in the trash where it belongs.

Saturday, 8 November 2008

SGP / melsongroup.net scam job offer

This is a generic sort of money mule scam email, of interest because it has the domain name melsongroup.net registered to handle the email. This seems to be one of a series hosted on Yahoo! There are lots of companies called SGP, none of them is involved in this.




Subject: Join the team of winners!

SGP is an integrated financial group. We offer to our clients a
full range of financial services.
Our clients have all the possibilities to find solutions to all
financial problems of financial market - from bank services and
insurance to assets management and complex operations on stock
markets, from simple consumer goods to complex programs of financial
management of large corporations, institutional and private investors.
SGP - is a large participant of the financial market, leader in many
segments. However leadership is not a goal for us, but a way to realize
the mission of the company - providing for long-term increase in income
of our clients and shareholders.
Considering our development we need reliable and ambitious young people
on a position of Transfer Manager.
The duties of the Manager include processing of money transfers arriving
to his accounts from our clients. After all the required procedures of
executing documents of transactions you have to transfer the money to
accounts specified by our operators. All you need is free time (3 or
more hours a day), skills of team working and reliability. The wage at
the initial stage will be 5000$ of the total month turnover.
Requirements:
- Higher education;
- Age - 21 and more;
- Confident PC user (Microsoft Office), mail programs and Internet
- Foreign language (English is preferred)
We offer:
- Constant training
- Possibility of career and self-development
- Probation period and work in a dynamic and friendly atmosphere and team
- Competitive wage
- Bonuses according to job results
If you have become interested in this position please send your CV to
jacinthe@melsongroup.net.


Thursday, 6 November 2008

"JavaRealm Software" job offer scam

JavaRealm Software (javarealm.com) is a wholly legitimate software development company from the Ukraine. This fraudulent job offer uses the "JavaRealm" name and the name "Sergey Skugarev" which does appear to be similar to an employee of JavaRealm who is not involved in this scam.



Subject: looking for employees

Hello Sir/Madam.

I Sergey Skugarev, Director of JavaRealm Software specializes in innovative IT solutions and complex software projects development.

My company based in Ukraine. We've earned ourselves a reputation of a reliable and trustworthy partner working successfully with a number of West European companies and providing them with reliable software development services in financial and media sectors. Unfortunately we are currently facing some difficulties with receiving payments for our services. It usually takes us 10-30 days to receive a payment and clearing from your country and such delays are harmful to our business. We do not have so much time to accept every wire transfer.

That's why we are currently looking for partners in your country to help us accept and process these payments faster. If you are looking for a chance to make an additional profit you can become our representative in your country. As our representative you will receive 8% of every deal we conduct. Your job will be accepting funds in the form of wire transfers and forwarding them to us. It is not a full-time job, but rather a very convenient and fast way to receive additional income. We also consider opening an office in your country in the nearest future and you will then have certain privileges should you decide to apply for a full-time job. Please if you are interested in transacting business with us we will be very glad.

Please contact me for more information via email: javarealm.jobinfo@gmail.com

and send us the following information about yourself:

1. Your Full Name as it appears on your resume.
2. Education.
3. Your Contact Address.
4. Telephone/Fax number.
5. Your present Occupation and Position currently held.
6. Your Age

Please respond and we will provide you with additional details on how you can become our representative. Joining us and starting business today will cost you nothing and you will be able to earn a bit of extra money fast and easy. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us with all your questions.

Thank you,
Sergey Skugarev ,
JavaRealm Software



This is a straightforward money mule scam. We have seen this type of scam targeting Ukranian companies before, here and here. Avoid this one at all costs.

Stupid but sophisticated "Lloyds TSB" phish

Spammers are generally pretty stupid. This particular phish looks pretty normal to being with:

Customer Service department
Lloyds TSB Bank
September 26th, 2008


To all business and personal customers

We would like to inform you about recent change in Lloyds TSB terms and conditions of banking services. Lloyds TSB has updated terms and conditions for both business and personal customers. Each customer should read and accept current terms and conditions.
Failure to accept new terms and conditions may lead to blocking of current services. Such as loans, credit cards, online banking, savings accounts, bill payments. Take a moment to read through new terms and conditions. There are two convenient ways to request updated terms and conditions. You can request them by mail or use online banking to confirm the new terms of service. Please follow the link below to review and confirm updated terms and conditions.
www.lloydstsb.com/terms

Thank you for banking with the most trusted UK bank,
Lloyds TSB Customer Service Team

We know that this is a phish because a) it was sent to a harvested address and b) Lloyds TSB don't send out emails like this. So a typical next step would be to check the source code to find where the phishing site is.

So the only hypertext link in the document is to http://www.lloydstsb.com which is the real Lloyds TSB bank. A closer look shows an attempted image load from http://lloydstlb.com/images/logo_lloydstsb.gif which is the phishing site hosted on a botnet. The domain is registered to BIZCN.COM who seem to have taken over this sort of business from Estdomains.

The fake site looks pretty convincing.. even if no-one will click through to it.

The login screen looks authentic too.

The next step looks exactly like the genuine login. The "memorable information" prompt asks for 3 letters from a longer passphrase, specifically letters 1, 3 and 5.

But guess what, when you enter the information it tells you that you did it incorrectly and asks for letters 2, 4 and 6 instead. So now they have letters 1-6.

Blah blah blah..

But what's this at the bottom? Yup, more characters from the memorable phrase are needed..

Finally, a confirmation:
So, like many modern phishing sites the actually web site is very credible looking, even the domain name looks reasonable if you only glance at it. Fortunately for the intended victims, the idiots have messed up the spam and.. this time at least.. nobody will get this far.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

"App LLC Group." scam

Another ridiculously worded scam job offer, essentially identical to this one.

Subject: How for short time to earn $1200 in a week? Read!
"Sucky sucky long time five dollar" to you too.

HELLO EVERYONE!
Woot!


Please take your time and read about this genuine offer, job position.Make money
spending only few hours a day, if you are located in Australia! This position either
can replace your current job, or can be as an extra income for you. Denmark
successful company - Apple Sales Group brought this opportunity for you.
Advertisement itself is brought to you via Google ads (Paid advertisement, assigning
e-mail business account). The most convenient and smart position for anybody who has
couple hours a day, Monday-Friday. You will be able to make 1400+ AUD a week! It's
either - you do want to participate in this, or - you do not, that's what makes it a
genuine offer and worth reading and finding out more. If you meet requirements - do
not hesitate to receive full information:
1400 AUD? You said $1200 a moment ago. Are we talking US$ or AU$? At least I know it's "Genuine" because you said so twice. Shame about the really bad English, all the Danish people I know speak English very well.

*You are 18+ y/o
*You are Reliable and Enthusiastic person.
*You Have 2-3 Hours a Day of Your Spare/Free Time, Monday-Friday(Saturday).
*You Are Located in United Kingdom/Ireland.
*You Have Access to Internet 2-3 Hours A Day, Monday-Friday(Saturday).
Didn't you just say Australia? These are different countries, you know.

Reference:
"The Most Creative Opportunity of The Month" - "Two Time" Magazine, quote by Angela
Roer.
"Consider This Opportunity" - "Behind The Truth" Magazine, quote by Marcus Stowee.
"I can't believe I was so stupid" - "State Penitentiary newsletter", quote by hapless money mule victim.

To receive full information reply only to e-mail: apple.swed404@gmail.com
with subject "More Information" and one of our representatives will assist you
shortly.
Thank you for your interest and Good Luck!


Best Regards,
App LLC Group.
Apple.Swed404? Sweden? I thought you said you were based in Denmark? App LLC? That wasn't the company name you gave earlier.

Originating IP is 95.57.7.182 in Kazakhstan. That country has featured in these fake job offers before (here and here).

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

"Recovery KEYS for your account" trojan

Another day, another ZIP-in-EXE trojan with a lot of spaces in it.


Subject: Recovery KEYS for your account

Good afternoon, [victim]

There are the keys to recover your personal account. In order to use them later,
please, preserve them in a sure place.

Sincerely, Dick Riddle

Attachment: the_Keys.zip

The ZIP files contains an EXE that looks like a Word document, The_Keys.doc[88 spaces].exe. Worryingly, VirusTotal detects nothing at all. The trojan is cleary related to this one and this one.

Monday, 3 November 2008

"Colorado Business Bank - Network Security and Monitoring"


These banks get more obscure all the time, but still carry the same sort of malicious payload.



Subject: Colorado Business Bank - Network Security and Monitoring
From: "Colorado Business Bank Account Service" alert@cobizbank.com

COLORADO BUSINESS BANK NOTICE:

Colorado Business Bank has registered our secure Web sites with VeriSign and use VeriSign Server IDs.
VeriSign Server IDs enable you to verify the authenticity of our secure Web site and to communicate with our Web site securely via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption.

Proceed to customer service department>>

Sincerely, Everett Torres.
Copyright - Colorado Business Bank, a part of COBIZ BANK.



VirusTotal detections are the usual mixed bag. Most detections seem to be generic (e.g. W32/Packed_FSG.D, TR/Crypt.FSPM.Gen, Trojan.Win32.Packed.gen, TrojanDownloader:Win32/Suceret.gen!A)