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Tuesday 25 March 2014

"You have received new messages from HMRC" spam

This fake HMRC spam comes with a malicious attachment:

Date:      Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:59:28 +0100 [07:59:28 EDT]
From:      "noreply@hmrc.gov.uk" [noreply@hmrc.gov.uk]
Subject:      You have received new messages from HMRC

Please be advised that one or more Tax Notices (P6, P6B) have been issued.

For the latest information on your Tax Notices (P6, P6B) please open attached report.

Please do not reply to this e-mail.

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error, please notify the sender at the above address and then delete the e-mail from your
system. 2. If you suspect that this e-mail may have been intercepted or amended, please
notify the sender. 3. Any opinions expressed in this e-mail are those of the individual
sender and not necessarily those of QualitySolicitors Punch Robson. 4. Please note that
this e-mail and any attachments have been created in the knowledge that internet e-mail
is not a 100% secure communications medium. It is your responsibility to ensure that they
are actually virus free. No responsibility is accepted by QualitySolicitors Punch Robson
for any loss or damage arising from the receipt of this e-mail or its contents.
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The attachment is called HMRC_TAX_Notice_rep.zip which in turn contains a malicious exectuable HMRC_TAX_Notice_rep.scr which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 5/51.

According to the Malwr report, the malware makes a download from the following locations hosted on (New Dream Network, US):

Subsequent communications are made with aulbbiwslxpvvphxnjij.biz on the familiar looking Linode IP of, and also qkdapcqinizsczxrwaelaimznfbqq.biz on another Linode IP of An attempt it also made to connect to hzdmjjneyeuxkpzkrunrgyqgcukf.org which does not resolve.

One odd thing in the Anubis report is this dialog box entititled "seconddial" and containing the word "diminutiveness".

I don't know what that is.. it reminds me of Hatefulness/Hatefulness though :)

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