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Friday, 23 January 2015

Malware spam: "IRS Fiscal Activity 531065" / "support@irsuk.co"

This fake IRS spam actually does use the irsuk.co domain to host malware.

From:    IRS [support@irsuk.co]
Date:    23 January 2015 at 11:46
Subject:    IRS Fiscal Activity 531065

Hello, [redacted].

We notify you that last year, according to the estimates of tax taxation,
we had a shortage of means.
We ask you to install the special program with new digital certificates,
what to eliminate an error.

To install the program go to the link above:

Intrenal Revenue Sevrice
London W1K 6AH
United Kingdom
The ZIP file contains a malicious executable SetupIRS2015.exe  which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 8/53. The irsuk.co site is hosted on (Agava Ltd, Russia). The Malwr report shows it phoning home to garbux.com ( - TheFirst-RU, Russia)

The WHOIS details for the domain are almost definitely fake, but kind of interesting..

Registrant ID:               CR185450554
Registrant Name:             Thomas McCaffrey
Registrant Organization:     Real Help Communications, Inc.
Registrant Address1:         3023 Anzac Avenue
Registrant City:             Roslyn
Registrant State/Province:   Pennsylvania
Registrant Postal Code:      19001
Registrant Country:          United States
Registrant Country Code:     US
Registrant Phone Number:     +1.2158872818
Registrant Email:            tom@realhelp.net

They're interesting because these really are the valid contact details for Real Help Communcations, Inc which makes me wonder if their domain account at GoDaddy has been compromised.

A look at shows there is only one active website on that IP address (irsuk.co) , but the host on the IP identifies itself as ukirsgov.com which is a domain created on the same day (2015-01-19) but has been suspended due to invalid WHOIS details (somebody at csc.com), which was hosted on a Bosnian IP of (Team Consulting d.o.o.).That IP is identified as malicious by VirusTotal with a number of bad domains and binaries.

The malware POSTS to garbux.com which Sophos identifies as a characteristic of the generically-named Troj/Agent-ALHF.

Overall, automated analysis tools are not very clear about what this malware does [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] although you can guarantee it is nothing good.

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