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Thursday, 13 November 2014

"Test mesage" / "hi there" spam

Here's an unusual spam run coming through right now.. it doesn't seem to have a payload at all..

From:     Bryon Jimenez [Eunice.f2a@simaya.net.id]
Date:     13 November 2014 12:09
Subject:     Test mesage 612985B

hi there

Where the valley narrows into the cleft of the mountains, a lake lies surrounded by lush grasses. Putting another image may not reflect the article's subject logo.
Genesee and Flushing Townships where split off on March 6, 1838. French missionary and philosopher.
We did a lot of shows to 20 people in a bar who were more interested in cheap drinks than they were the band. Camps and social works.
Commented out because it's imprecise and contains false information. It is given to those who do not actively seek it. After the transfer period ended, Guerreiro apologised to Bajevic and was given another chance and is now a member of the squad.


From:     Ruben Randall [Josef.e9@business.telecomitalia.it]
Date:     13 November 2014 11:06
Subject:     Test mesage 3144664L

hi there

Player 1 then presses any one of the top red phrase buttons and listens to the beginning half of a phrase. Peter Murray on Debrett's website.
Asopus had twenty daughters but he provides no list. It supports a 240 MW power station.
Profilo di architettura italiana del Novecento, Marsilio, Venezia, 1999, pp. Then the teacher posts the assignment.
American born electronic music producer and DJ now residing in Berlin, Germany. The role of Cio Cio San like most other characters she has portrayed is quickly becoming a signature for her. Williamson, Garner and Musgrove Company, and the Cagli and Paoli Opera Company.


From:     Selma Carter [Lloyd.525@raisetherock.com]
Date:     13 November 2014 12:11
Subject:     Test mesage 0254082S

hi there

It was Federer's 3rd title of the year and the 3rd of his career. EL to see if your link meets the Wikipedia style guide.
Squadron Leader Pentland in New Guinea, c. Users can stream music directly from ZumoDrive to iPhone, iPod Touch, Android and WebOS devices.
The work received little critical attention. Saura also attempts to strengthen autobiographical themes found in the original story.
Methodists, in the area. Today it is not uncommon to find early Corgi models with such additions still intact. Edmund Sebastian Joseph van der Straeten.
In all cases "Test mesage" is spelled incorrectly and the body is just "hi there". Because there is no malicious payload (such as an attachment or link) and the message lacks the sort of trigger words that might get it blocked then there is a high probability that at least some of these will get through your spam filter/

Vodafone D2 "Ihre Festnetz-Rechnung für November 2014" spam

This fake Vodafone spam seems to be widely distributed, even though it is obviously targeted at German speakers.

From:     Vodafone D2 [2942-MU31406aBM0@kundenservice.vodafone.de] [pm2053em1]
Date:     13 November 2014 09:13
Subject:     Ihre Festnetz-Rechnung für November 2014

Ihre Kundennummer: 883286157

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

anbei erhalten Sie Ihre Rechnung vom 13.11.2014.


Der Rechnungsbetrag in Höhe von 357,26 EUR wird am 23.11.2014 von Ihrem Konto abgebucht.

Ihre Rechnung ist im PDF-Format erstellt worden. Um sich Ihre Rechnung anschauen zu können, klicken Sie auf den Anhang und es öffnet sich automatisch der Acrobat Reader.

Freundliche Grüße
Ihr Vodafone Team

In this case, the link in the email goes to studiarte.com/gFlEyLcSo where it downloads a file 2014_11vodafone_onlinerechnung.zip which contains a malicious binary 2014_11vodafone_onlinerechnung_0020003909_november_3903980009_11_00000000445.exe

This file has a very low detection rate at VirusTotal of 1/53. Most automated analysis tools [1] [2] [3]  don't say much, however the ThreatTrack report [pdf] is more details and apparently shows the malware phoning home to: (DataClub, Latvia) (Markum Bilisim Teknolojileri, Turkey)

Additionally, the following IPs and active domains are queried: (Ken Thomas, US) (GleSYS Internet Services, Sweden) (Hetzner, Germany) (WDI Solucoes Ltda, Brazil) (ANW GmbH, Germany) (Balticservers, Lithunia) (RCS & RDS Business, Romania) (Cyberverse, US) (Privatelayer, Switzerland) (Privatelayer, Switzerland) (Softlayer, US)


Some of these DGA domains have been sinkholed, I have removed obvious ones but not that some of these IP addresses may not actually be malicious. However, if you are a network administrator there is no harm in blocking or monitoring sinkholes from your network, so I would recommend the following blocklist:

UPDATE 2014-11-20
I previously recommended blocking the following IPs which it turns out are legitimate, possible added by the malware authors to create false positives. If you have blocked them then I recommend unblocking them.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

"ADP Past Due Invoice#39911564" spam

I haven't seen ADP-themed spam for a very long time, mostly because it gets filtered into a deep dark hole that even I can't see into.

From: billing.address.updates@ADP.com [mailto:billing.address.updates@ADP.com]
Sent: 12 November 2014 16:28
Subject: ADP Past Due Invoice#39911564

 Your ADP past due invoice is ready for your review at ADP Online Invoice Management .

 If you have any questions regarding this invoice, please contact your ADP service team at the number provided on the invoice for assistance.

 Please note that your bank account will be debited within one banking business day for the amount(s) shown on the invoice.

Review your ADP past due invoice here.

 Important: Please do not respond to this message. It comes from an unattended mailbox.
Most of the ones that I have seen are malformed and instead of a link they just say <html> which is one reason that it is getting through the spam filter. I have seen one live one, leading to [donotclick]www.bingemann-buerosysteme.de/services/invoice1211.php

This downloads a ZIP file invoice1211_pdf28.zip which in turn contains a malicious executable invoice1211_pdf.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 6/54.

It then contacts the following URLs according to the Malwr report:

Recommended blocklist:

Exchange House Fraud (Police Headquaters) / omaniex@investigtion.com spam

I got a lot of these yesterday that I've only just noticed..

From:     omaniex@investigtion.com
Subject:     Exchange House Fraud (Police Headquaters)

please note that your attension is needed in our station, as we got information on this fraud information as transactions detailed in attachment. kindly acknowledge this letter and report to our office as all report and contact details are in attachment. failure to this you will be held responsible.

Note: come along with your report as it will be needed

Police headquarters.
Investigtion dept. 

Attached is a file EXCH DETAILS PR 7777709.zip which contains two files:


This is some sort of malicious application written in Java (top tip - if you have Java installed on your computer, remove it. You probably don't need it). It has a VirusTotal detection rate of 7/55 and the Malwr report has some screenshots of something odd happening, but not much more data.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

"Duplicate Payment Received" spam has a malicious Word DOC attached

This email comes with a malicious Word document attached:

From:     Margery George
Date:     11 November 2014 11:50
Subject:     INV634746Q Duplicate Payment Received

Good afternoon,

I refer to the above invoice for which we received a bacs payment of £689.75 on 10th November 14.  Please be advised that we already received payment for this invoice, by bacs on 30th October 2014.

I will therefore arrange a refund, please confirm preferred method, cheque or bacs transfer.  If a cheque please confirm the name the cheque should be made out too or if bank transfer, please advise bank details. 

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you .

Many thanks 
The reference number in the subject is randomly generated and is reflected in the filename (in this case De_634746Q.doc. There are two different variants I have seen with low detection rates at VirusTotal [1] [2]. These contain two slightly different malicious macros [1] [2] [pastebin] which download a file test.exe from one of the following locations:

Note that the IPs are very close, and both belong to Clodo-Cloud / IT House Ltd in Russia. The file is then copied to %TEMP%\NYHEFLJDPZR.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of just 1/53.

According to the Malwr report this malicious binary then connects to the following URLs:$O%20FlsN%2C9%3FnC52/wmk.ka.JM%3D%7EpuQ8.I5.4S5$zF7t%26j$73sS%2B/%2B%3F3w%2Dh%3D

It also drops a malicious DLL identified which has some generic VirusTotal detection only, but is probably Cridex or Dridex.

Recommended blocklist:

nazarethcare.com / Accounts Finchley "Bank Payments" has a malicious attachment

This fake invoice spam pretending to be from a care home in the UK comes with a malicious attachment.

From:     Accounts Finchley [accounts.finchley@nazarethcare.com]
Date:     11 November 2014 10:34
Subject:     Bank Payments

Good Afternoon,

Paying in sheet attached


Sandra Whitmore
Care Home Administrator
Nazareth House
162 East End Road
East Finchley
Nazareth Care Charitable Trust- Registered Office – Larmenier Centre, 162 East End Road, London N2 ORU
Registered Charity – England & Wales – 1113666, Scotland – SCO42374
Registered Company registered in England & Wales – Company Number 05518564

The contents of this message are for the attention and use of the named addressee(s) only.  It, and any files transmitted with it, may be legally privileged or prohibited from disclosure or unauthorised use.  If you are not an intended recipient or addressee, any form of reproduction, dissemination, copying, disclosure, modification, distribution or publication is prohibited and may be unlawful and the sender will accept no liability for any action taken or omitted to be taken in reliance upon this message or its attachments.
Whilst all efforts are made to safeguard inbound and outbound e-mails, no guarantee can be given that attachments are virus-free or compatible with your systems, and we do not accept any liability in respect of viruses or computer problems experienced.
Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender, and do not necessarily represent those of the Sisters of Nazareth.
The domain nazarethcare.com forwards to the Sisters of Nazereth. None of these organisations is actually sending the spam, their systems have not been compromised in any way. The "from" field in an email is trivially easy to fake, as it looks like the body text may have been stolen from a compromised mailbox.

Attached is a file 2014_11_07_14_09_19.doc which comes in two versions both with low VirusTotal detection rates [1] [2]. If macros are enabled then one of two macros [1] [2] [pastebin] which then downloads a file from one of the following locations:


This file gets copied to %TEMP%\HZLAFFLTDDO.exe and it has a VirusTotal detection rate of 3/53. The Malwr report shows it phoning home to:

It also drops a DLL identified by VirusTotal as Dridex.

Monday, 10 November 2014

"Kate Williams" / "invoice 8798556 November" spam has a malicious DOC attachment

This fake invoice spam comes with a malicious Word document attached:

From:     Kate Williams
Date:     10 November 2014 09:40
Subject:     invoice 8798556 November

Please find attached your November invoice, we now have the facility to email invoices,
but if you are not happy with this and would like a hard copy please let me know.
New bank details for BACS payments are Santander Bank Sort Code 8798556 Account No 5608798556.
Thanks very much

The number of the invoice is random and is consistent between the subject and attachment (in this case invoice_8798556.doc). There are two different attachments, both poorly-detected at VirusTotal [1] [2] each containing a malicious macro [1] [2].

I haven't been able to analyse it myself yet, but according to this comment it downloads a binary from adeline.de/js/bin.exe which has a low VirusTotal detection rate and for which the comments from user borromini say:

#malware #dridex

Downloaded by malicious word doc with macro (f9d6161e1b26cf6faab4ac0eecde3a7d).

POST requests to

Also tried and  
The macros I mentioned download from the following locations:


The executable is then copied to %TEMP%\CQRZKMIESEX.exe and the ThreatTrack report [pdf] shows the malware connecting to (Hostway, UK) where it POSTS to /hCsYvpW%26lZaTGPBgK$W%264P49%24%2BNU&Y/H%26%20@Kg
5SvSh8+unz%7Eg6f%24G on that server.

Friday, 7 November 2014

"Sue Morckage" / "This email contains an invoice file attachment" spam

This fake invoice spam (all pretending to be from someone called Sue Morckage) comes with a malicious Word macro attachment.
From:     Sue Morckage
Date:     7 November 2014 13:10
Subject:     inovice 9232088 November

This email contains an invoice file attachment
The number in the subject is random, and attached is a document with the same format name (in this example invoice_9232088.doc). So far I have seen two attachments both with VT detection rates of 4/54 [1] [2] [Malwr report] which contains one of two malicious macros [1] [2] which then go and download a binary from one of the following locations:


This binary gets copied into %TEMP%\AKETVJIJPZE.exe and it has a VirusTotal detection rate of just 1/54, but so far automated analysis tools [1] [2] [3] are inconclusive as to what this does, however the payload is likely to be Cridex.

No, I do not want to go to your spammy disco

I've seen some odd spam in the past. I've never been spammed by an Essex disco operator before:

From:     ronnie-s-dj Professional Entertainment [info@ronnie-s-dj.co.uk]
Date:     7 November 2014 06:24
Subject:     Christmas New Year 2014! Disco & Karaoke Party Time

The spamvertised domains are karaoke-dj.co.uk and ronnie-s-dj.co.uk and the same owner also operates ronwindsor.co.uk. I'll spare him the embarrassment of listing his address.

I assume that Ron bought a cheap mailing list in good faith without realising that it was worthless, and then proceeded to spam out from his BT IP of via Outlook.com with abandon. Unfortunately, this sort of thing gets both your web hosting suspended and internet access revoked.

Hopefully Ron has a better idea of how to run a disco than how he promotes his business. But I don't fancy a trip down to Essex to find out.

europejobdays.com and other fake job sites to avoid 7/11/14

This tip from @peterkruse about a spam run pushing fake jobs using the domain europejobdays.com caught my eye, especially the mention of the nameservers using the stemcellcounseling.net domain.

These fake job sites tend not to go alone, and a look a the other domains using  the same namesevers comes up with a whole list of related fake sites that you should also avoid:


You should be aware that the jobs on offer are actually part of some criminal enterprise such as money laundering or parcel reshipping. You can see a video that explains the parcel reshipping scam and the role of the parcel mule below.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

DUCO "Remittance Advice November" spam

This fake remittance advice spam does pretends to come from a company called DUCO (it does not) and comes with a malicious Word document.

From:     Therese Holden
Date:     4 November 2014 13:59
Subject:     Remittance Advice November FO1864232P

Dear Sir/Madam

Please find attached the details of the payment credited to your account for the sum of 1739.67 GBP

Therese Holden
Accounts Payable Department DUCO
The attachment is a Word document with a randomly-generated filename that matches the subject of the email, it contains a malicious macro [pastebin] with a VirusTotal detection rate of 0/52 (you can see the Malwr report here, it doesn't say much). In this case the macro downloads a file from and saves it as %TEMP%\DCITXEKBIRG.exe, this is also poorly detected with a detection rate of just 3/52.

The Malwr report shows that the malware reaches out to the following URLs:$%3D=cVE%3DUPI%7EVe94/L&%3D%20yqWbqmNh$oP/

It also drops a DLL on the system identified by VirusTotal as Cridex.

Recommended blocklist:

Monday, 3 November 2014

TM Group "A new invoice AB1234567C has been created for You" spam

This fake invoice is meant to come from a company called TM Group (but it doesn't). It comes with a malicious Word document attached.

From:     Taylor Slater
Date:     3 November 2014 09:32
Subject:     A new invoice FM0509816M has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, FM0509816M  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Taylor Slater
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing


From:     Winfred Chapman
Date:     3 November 2014 10:34
Subject:     A new invoice MP4729736L has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, MP4729736L  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Winfred Chapman
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing


From:     Lionel Lowery
Date:     3 November 2014 11:05
Subject:     A new invoice LB7236759Y has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, LB7236759Y  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Lionel Lowery
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing

From:     Trey Leonard
Date:     3 November 2014 11:05
Subject:     A new invoice LM839596Q has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, LM839596Q  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Trey Leonard
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing
From:     Helga Wilkinson
Date:     3 November 2014 12:16
Subject:     A new invoice NT9263036Z has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, NT9263036Z  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Helga Wilkinson
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing


From:     Carol Day
Date:     3 November 2014 11:44
Subject:     A new invoice DQ8914435K has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, DQ8914435K  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Carol Day
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing


From:     Corey Graham
Date:     3 November 2014 11:42
Subject:     A new invoice TQ022815G has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, TQ022815G  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Corey Graham
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing


From:     Josefina Deleon
Date:     3 November 2014 11:34
Subject:     A new invoice KZ561472B has been created for You

Dear Client,

A new invoice, KZ561472B  has been created. Please find it attached.

Kind regards, Josefina Deleon
TM Group
Helpdesk Billing

Attached is a Word document with the same filename as the supposed invoice number. So far I have seen three variations:
The macros download a further malicious file from one of the following locations:

This binary has a detection rate of just 2/54. The Malwr report shows this binary reaches out to the following locations:$%26icb%3D_f2=%2Dj66/@c3qrn=b%7E%2C+1tg026.i%24w./x%2Dlq5e%2D

The malware also drops a malicious DLL with a VirusTotal detection rate of 9/54 which is identified as Cridex.

Recommended blocklist:

Friday, 31 October 2014

"Your Amazon.co.uk order has dispatched" spam has a malicious DOC attachment

This fake Amazon email comes with a malicious Word document attached:

From:     Amazon.co.uk [auto-shipping@amazon.co.uk]
Reply-To:     "auto-shipping@amazon.co.uk" [auto-shipping@amazon.co.uk]
Date:     31 October 2014 09:12
Subject:     Your Amazon.co.uk order has dispatched (#203-2083868-0173124)

Dear Customer,

Greetings from Amazon.co.uk,

We are writing to let you know that the following item has been sent using  Royal Mail.

For more information about delivery estimates and any open orders, please visit: http://www.amazon.co.uk/your-account

Your order #203-2083868-0173124 (received October 30, 2014)

Your right to cancel:
At Amazon.co.uk we want you to be delighted every time you shop with us.  O=
ccasionally though, we know you may want to return items. Read more about o=
ur Returns Policy at:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/returns-policy/

Further, under the United Kingdom's Distance Selling Regulations, you have =
the right to cancel the contract for the purchase of any of these items wit=
hin a period of 7 working days, beginning with the day after the day on whi=
ch the item is delivered. This applies to all of our products. However, we =
regret that we cannot accept cancellations of contracts for the purchase of=
 video, DVD, audio, video games and software products where the item has be=
en unsealed. Please note that we are unable to accept cancellation of, or r=
eturns for, digital items once downloading has commenced. Otherwise, we can=
 accept returns of complete product, which is unused and in an "as new" con=

Our Returns Support Centre will guide you through our Returns Policy and, w=
here relevant, provide you with a printable personalised return label.  Ple=
ase go to http://www.amazon.co.uk/returns-support to use our Returns Suppor=
t Centre.

To cancel this contract, please pack the relevant item securely, attach you=
r personalised return label and send it to us with the delivery slip so tha=
t we receive it within 7 working days after the day of the date that the it=
em was delivered to you or, in the case of large items delivered by our spe=
cialist couriers, contact Amazon.co.uk customer services using the link bel=
ow within 7 working days after the date that the item was delivered to you =
to discuss the return.


For your protection, where you are returning an item to us, we recommend th=
at you use a recorded-delivery service. Please note that you will be respon=
sible for the costs of returning the goods to us unless we delivered the it=
em to you in error or the item is faulty. If we do not receive the item bac=
k from you, we may arrange for collection of the item from your residence a=
t your cost. You should be aware that, once we begin the delivery process, =
you will not be able to cancel any contract you have with us for services c=
arried out by us (e.g. gift wrapping).

Please also note that you will be responsible for the costs of collection i=
n the event that our specialist courier service collect a large item from y=
ou to return to us.

As soon as we receive notice of your cancellation of this order, we will re=
fund the relevant part of the purchase price for that item.=20

Should you have any questions, feel free to visit our online Help Desk at:=

If you've explored the above links but still need to get in touch with us, =
you will find more contact details at the online Help Desk.=20

Note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only e-mail address that can=
not accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.=20

Thank you for shopping at Amazon.co.uk

Amazon EU S.=C3=A0.r.L.
c/o Marston Gate
Ridgmont, BEDFORD MK43 0XP
United Kingdom
The Word document contains a malicious macro [pastebin] but is currently undetected at VirusTotal (the Malwr report doesn't say much but is here).

The macro then downloads http://ctmail.me/1.exe and executes it. This malicious binary has a a detection rate of 4/52, and according to the Malwr report it contacts the following URLs:$4UsZiwg@/fJ_6E%24$~J%249BH/y93%266@@L3%3DL%26b88UmM/%24%24$%2C_5KQk%2BeQpaGr/&4b0ERginAuG/zx$.G6K%3F is Hostway in Belgium, is Wien Energie, Austria. The malware also downloads a DLL as 2.tmp which has a detection rate of 3/54.

Recommended blocklist 1:

UPDATE 1 - 2014-11-03

A very similar email is doing the rounds this morning with a different version of the attachment (called ORDER-203-2083868-0173124.doc) which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 0/54 and contains this malicious macro [pastebin]. This downloads a file from http://hilfecenter-harz.de/1.exe which also has zero detections at VirusTotal. According the the Malwr report this binary connects to the following URLs:$%2DKWssW9Yh/L3$%2Cqc%3F3@2+f.=hcf_c+vyqly%2Co.7/l%20nloj%7E%3F$sO%3DheysYSV/n5%3Fs/

It also downloads a malicious DLL which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 7/54 which identifies this as a version of Cridex.

Recommended blocklist 2:

UPDATE 2  - 2014-11-03

A second version of the attachment is also being circulated, this time with a slightly different macro [pastebin] which downloads the same binary as before from http://garfield67.de/1.exe. I have updated blocklist 2.

UPDATE 3 - 2014-11-06

The spam has been updated with a new date and there are now three new malicious Word documents [1] [2] [3] [Malwr report] which contains one of two macros [1] [2] that download a malware binary from one of the two following locations:


This file is saved as %TEMP%\LNZMTDCWLZX.exe and has a VirusTotal detection rate of 4/53. The Malwr report shows that it connects to:

It also drops a DLL which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 8/53 which is identified as Cridex.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

"Further Reminder" spam has a malicious Word document attached

Another round of malicious Word documents today, this time with the subject "Further Reminder" from random senders. For example:

From:     Milan Roach
Date:     30 October 2014 11:35
Subject:     Further Reminder SN4215796

Good afternoon,

Please see attached statement sent to us, I have highlighted on this the payments made to you in full and attached a breakdown of each one for you to correctly allocate. Hope this helps.
Thanking you in advance.

Many Thanks & Kind Regards
Milan Roach

Senior Accounts Payable Clerk
Finance Department
Attached is a malicious Word document with the same name as the subject (e.g. CopySN4215796.doc). There are at least two different versions of this document [Version 1 VirusTotal / Malwr report, Version 2 VirusTotal / Malwr report]. If macros are enabled on the target machine then a malicious macro [pastebin] runs and downloads a futher component from one of the two following locations (there may be more):

This binary has a VirusTotal detection rate of 7/54 and the Malwr report shows it contacting the following URLs:$2%20/@sVAEx5n%2Dq2fhFR%2C2E3nTsY7CsJG$0XGvz/eyWejESZTRrqx2vf/&

It also drops a file 2.tmp which is actually a DLL with a VirusTotal detection rate of 14/54 which identifies it clearly as a variant of  Cridex.

Recommended blocklist:

UPDATE: a contact tells me that this malware also connects to a config file at:
..so I have updated the blocklist above to include these.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

"INVOICE 101760 from Power EC Ltd" spam

This spam supposedly comes from a company called Power EC Ltd, but it doesn't. Instead it come with a malicious Word document.

From:     soo.sutton77@powercentre.com
Date:     28 October 2014 11:01
Subject:     INVOICE 101760 from Power EC Ltd

Please find attached INVOICE number 224244 from Power EC Ltd

The invoice number varies, as does the name of the attachment but it will be similar to INVOICE101760.doc which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 5/53. This contains this malicious macro [pastebin] which attempts to download a file from http://Riccis.homepage.t-online.de/Testseite/js/bin.exe which is currently 404ing but I believe to be the same payload as this [virustotal].  The Malwr analysis for that file shows it communicating with the following URLs:$TxJ/SR%2COCs@0%26$MI$G%24%3D/p%2Bab8GlH03sF%3F$u$so/V72C

Recommended blocklist:

UPDATE 2014-11-12
Another version of this spam is doing the rounds, very similar in nature:

From:     soo.sutton@powercentre.com
Date:     12 November 2014 12:57
Subject:     INVOICE 224245 from Power EC Ltd

Please find attached INVOICE number 224245 from Power EC Ltd
I have only seen one version of this with a malicious attachment 14153.DOC which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 4/55, which contains this malicious macro [pastebin] which attempts to download a component from http://fruido.de/js/bin.exe to %TEMP%\XZLNXTMSJUX.exe but fortunately that download location is not working (however, there could well be other download locations).

UPDATE 2014-12-08
A further version of this spam run is under way, described here.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Randomly generated "invoice xxxxxx October" spam comes with a malicious Word document

There have been a lot of these today:

From:     Sandra Lynch
Date:     27 October 2014 12:29
Subject:     invoice 0544422 October

Please find attached your October invoice, we now have the facility to email invoices,
but if you are not happy with this and would like a hard copy please let me know.
New bank details for BACS payments are Santander Bank Sort Code 0544422 Account No 5600544422.
Thanks very much

Kind Regards

Sandra Lynch
The numbers in the email are randomly generated, as is the filename of the attachment (in this example it was invoice_0544422.doc).

The document itself is malicious and has a VirusTotal detection rate of 5/53. Inside the Word document is a macro [pastebin] that attempts to download an execute a malicious binary from http://centrumvooryoga.nl/docs/bin.exe which is currently 404ing which is a good sign.

There's a fair chance that the spammers will use this format again, so always be cautious of unsolicited email attachments.

Friday, 24 October 2014

Do people really fall for this?

Here's a simple phishing spam..
From:     info@kythea.gr
Date:     24 October 2014 13:50
Subject:     payment

this mail is to inform you that the payment have been made
see the attached file for the payment slip

Attached is a file payment Slip (2).html which displays a popup alert:
You have been signed out of this account this may have happened automatically cause the attachement needs authentication. to continue using this account, you will need to sign in again. this is done to protect your account and to ensure the privacy of your information
The victim then gets send to a phishing page, in this case at uere.bplaced.net/blasted/tozaiboeki.webmail.html which looks like this..

Ummm... do people really fall for this? The frightening answer is.. probably, yes.

"You've received a new fax" spam.. again.

Another day, another fake fax spam.
From:     Fax [fax@victimdomain.com]
To:     luke.sanson@victimdomain.com
Date:     24 October 2014 10:54
Subject:     You've received a new fax

New fax at SCAN2383840 from EPSON by https://victimdomain.com
Scan date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:24:22 +0530
Number of pages: 2
Resolution: 400x400 DPI

You can secure download your fax message at:


(eFax Drive is a file hosting service operated by J2, Inc.)
The link in the email goes to a script which (if the the browser settings are correct) downloads a file document_92714-872_pdf.zip which in turn contains a malicious executable document_92714-872_pdf.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 3/54. The Malwr report shows the following URLs are contacted:

The malware also drops two executables on the system, kcotk.exe (VT 0/53, Malwr report) and ptoma.exe (VT 2/51, Malwr report).

Recommended blocklist:

Bitstamp.net "New bank details" spam

This fake email pretending to be from Bitstamp.net (a Bitcoin exchange) is meant to have a malicious payload (probably a Word document) but in the sample I have seen that payload is missing. However, if you receive a similar email then wth an attachment then it is probably malicious.

From:     Bitstamp.net [no_reply@bitstamp.net]
Date:     23 October 2014 14:48
Subject:     New bank details

New banking details

Dear Bitstamp clients,

We would like to inform you that Bitstamp now has new bank details, please check attached file.

We would like to assure those of you who sent deposits to our old details that our old IBAN is still active and your transfers, if otherwise sent with correct information, should arrive without a problem.

Please note that SEPA transfers usually take 1 to 3 business days to arrive and would kindly ask those waiting for your SEPA transfers longer than usually to please send us a transfer confirmation so that we can examine our bank account log and locate your transfers.

Also for those waiting on deposits we ask for your patience; we have accumulated a long list of transfers which lack information or contain wrong information which means we need to manually go through all of them instead of our system sorting them automatically.

Best regards
CEO, Nejc Kodrič
Bitstamp LIMITED
Despite the hype, very few people actually deal with Bitcoins and I suspect even fewer use this particular exchange, so I assume that the attackers in this case are very interested in targeting Bitcoin owners specifically.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

"Voice Mail" (voicemail_sender@voicemail.com) spam

Before you open something like this.. think if you really get voice mail notifications through your email. No? Well, don't open it.
From:  "Voice Mail" [voicemail_sender@voicemail.com]
Date:  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:31:22 +0200
Subject:  voice message from 598-978-8974 for mailbox 833

You have received a voice mail message from 598-978-8974
Message length is 00:00:33. Message size is 264 KB.

Download your voicemail message from dropbox service below (Google Disk
Drive Inc.):

Clicking the link goes to a script that detects if the visitor is running Windows, if so it downloads a file doc_9231-92_pdf.zip from the target system which in turn contains a malicious executable doc_9231-92_pdf.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 4/51.

The Malwr report for that binary shows it communicating with the following URLs:
http://inaturfag.com/files/2310uk1.oss is rather unsurprisingly allocated to OVH France. It also drops a couple of executables onto the system, nlsio.exe (VT 4/48, Malwr report) and qhcjp.exe (VT 0/51, Malwr report).

Recommended blocklist: