May 222015
 

Your Invoice IN278577 from Out of Eden pretending to come from sales@outofeden.co.uk  with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.

All of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details.

All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found.  The bad guys choose companies, Government departments and organisations  with subjects that are designed to entice you or alarm you into blindly opening the attachment or clicking the link in the email to see what is happening.

Out of Eden has not been hacked or had their email or other servers compromised. They are not sending the emails to you. They are just innocent victims in exactly the same way as every recipient of these emails.

This email has what appears to be a genuine word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attached which is malformed and contains a macro script virus. Modern versions of Microsoft office, that is Office 2010 and 2013 and Office 365 have Macros disabled by default, UNLESS you or your company have enabled them.  If protected view mode is turned off and macros are enabled then opening this malicious word document will infect you, and simply previewing it in  windows explorer or your email client might well be enough to infect you. Definitely DO NOT follow the advice they give to enable macros to see the content. Almost all of these malicious word documents appear to be blank when opened in protected view mode, which should be the default in Office 2010, 2013 and 365.

What can be infected by this
At this time, these only affect windows computers. They do not affect a Mac, IPhone, Blackberry, Windows phone or Android phone. The malicious word or  excel file can open on any system, and potentially the macro will run on windows or mac BUT the downloaded malware that the macro tries to download is windows specific, so will not harm or infect any other computer except a windows computer. You will not be infected if you do not have macros enabled in Excel or word.

Please read our How to protect yourselves page for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware. Also please read our post about word macro malware and how to avoid being infected by them

The email looks like:

Dear customer,

Thank you for your order. Please find attached a DOC copy of your invoice IN278577 from sales order S391622.

Your order was despatched on 21/05/2015. Please check the order on delivery and report any shortage, damage or discrepancy within 48 hours from of receipt of this invoice.

If you would prefer to receive a paper invoice or if this email has been sent to the wrong address, please email sales@outofeden.co.uk or call our Customer Service Team on 017683 72939.

Kind Regards,

Customer Services

Tel: 017683 72939

Please consider the environment before printing this email

Out of Eden Ltd

The UK’s Most Popular One-Stop-Shop for Hospitality Products

www.outofeden.co.uk

Home Farm Buildings, Kirkby Stephen. CA17 4AP

Tel: 01768 372 939 Fax: 01768 372 636

Email: sales@outofeden.co.uk

VAT no: 621 2326 86

Reg. in England & Wales – Co. No. 3178081

The information contained in this e-mail is intended only for the personal and confidential use of the designated recipient or recipients named above and may contain confidential or privileged information. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this message in error and that any review, re-transmission, dissemination, distribution, copying, or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon this message or any attachments to this message, is strictly prohibited. If you have received this e-mail message in error, please notify the sender immediately and delete the material from all computers

Your Invoice IN278577 from Out of Eden

 

 

22 May 2015 : Invoice IN278577 (emailed 2015-05-21).doc       Current Virus total detections: 1/57  Which downloads www.footingclub.com/85/20.exe which is a Dridex banking Trojan ( VirusTotal )

So far I have only examined  1 version of this malware, but previous campaigns over the last few weeks have delivered up to 10 or 12 different versions, some with word doc attachments and some with Excel xls attachments
Be very careful with email attachments. All of these emails use Social engineering tricks to persuade you to open the attachments that come with the email. Whether it is a message saying “look at this picture of me I took last night” and it appears to come from a friend or is more targeted at somebody who regularly is likely to receive PDF attachments or Word .doc attachments or any other common file that you use every day.

The basic rule is NEVER open any attachment to an email, unless you are expecting it. Now that is very easy to say but quite hard to put into practice, because we all get emails with files attached to them. Our friends and family  love to send us pictures of them doing silly things, or even cute pictures of the children or pets.

Never just blindly click on the file in your email program. Always save the file to your downloads folder, so you can check it first. Most ( if not all) malicious files that are attached to emails will have a faked extension. That is the 3 letters at the end of the file name. Unfortunately windows by default hides the file extensions so you need to Set your folder options to “show known file types. Then when you unzip the zip file that is supposed to contain the pictures of “Sally’s dog catching a ball” or a report in word document format that work has supposedly sent you to finish working on at the weekend,  you can easily see if it is a picture or document & not a malicious program. If you see .EXE or .COM or .PIF or .SCR at the end of the file name DO NOT click on it or try to open it, it will infect you.

With these malformed infected word, excel and other office documents that normally contain a vba macro virus, the vital thing is do not open any office document direct from your email client or the web. Always save the document to a safe location on your computer, normally your downloads folder or your documents folder and scan it with your antivirus. Many Antiviruses do not natively detect vba  macro-viruses in real time protection and you need to enable document or office protection in the settings.

Be aware that there are a lot of dodgy word docs spreading that WILL infect you with no action from you if you are still  using an out dated or vulnerable version of word. This is a good reason to update your office programs to a recent version and stop using office 2003 and 2007.  Many of us have continued to use older versions of word and other office programs, because  they are convenient, have the functions and settings we are used to and have never seen a need to update to the latest super-duper version.  The risks in using older version are now seriously starting to outweigh the convenience, benefits and cost of keeping an old version going.

I strongly urge you to update your office software to the latest version and stop putting yourself at risk, using old out of date software.

All modern versions of word and other office programs, that is 2010, 2013 and 365, should  open all Microsoft office documents that is  word docs, excel files and PowerPoint etc  that are downloaded from the web or received in an email  automatically in “protected view” that stops any embedded malware or macros from being displayed and running. Make sure protected view is set in all office programs to protect you and your company from these sorts of attacks and do not over ride it to edit the document until you are 100% sure that it is a safe document. If the protected mode bar appears when opening the document DO NOT enable editing mode the document will look blank, but will be safe.

May 222015
 

Australian Taxation Office – Remittance Advisory Email pretending to come from Australian Taxation Office <noreply@ato.gov.au> with  a link to download a zip file  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. All of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the

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May 212015
 

Unpaid Invoice pretending to come from HMRC.gov.uk <application@hmrc.gov.uk> with  a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. All of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found.  The bad guys choose companies, Government

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May 212015
 

Recipes for your new Pampered Chef Baker coming from random names and random email addresses with  a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. All of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously

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May 212015
 
Travel order confirmation 0300202959 - word doc or excel xls spreadsheet malware

Travel order confirmation 0300202959 pretending to come from  overseastravel@caravanclub.co.uk with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have

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May 212015
 
Invoice# 2976361 Attached - word doc or excel xls spreadsheet malware

Invoice# 2976361 Attached pretending to come from PGOMEZ@POLYAIR.CO.UK with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. All of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found.  The

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May 192015
 

Tax increase alert or adjustment guidance  are 2 of the subjects that appear in a whole series of mal-spam emails with the basic subject of VAT increases or changes that are being spammed out. They come with  a random named zip attachment coming from random senders and random email addresses. They are  another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. The name of the alleged sender does NOT match the name in the body of the email Some of the subjects seen in this series of mal-spam emails are: Tax increase alert, adjustment guidance, adjustment report, adjustment notice, change guidance, Custom increase notification, Custom change alert, Duties increase notification, Toll increase notification, Tax change reminder, Levy increase guidance, Duties adjustment alert, change notification, Toll change report and loads of other similar variations on this tax theme. All of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other

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May 192015
 
Lloyds Bank Refund - 2014 Tax Refund - Phishing

An email received with a subject of Lloyds Bank Refund or refund or 2014 Tax Refund pretending to come from Lloyds Bank. Some of  of the major common subjects in a phishing attempt are  Tax returns or Bank  refunds, especially in UK, you need to submit your Tax Return online This one only wants your personal  bank log in details. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your email, facebook and other social network log in details. Please read our How to protect yourselves page  for simple, sensible advice on how to avoid being infected by this sort of socially engineered malware. The original email looks like this, and of course at this time of year ( or anytime of year) we all need a few extra pennies and the offer of a tax refund is always welcome. It will NEVER be a genuine email from Your bank, HMRC or any other financial body so don’t ever follow the link or fill in the html ( webpage) form that comes attached to the email. Some versions of this phish will have a link to a website that looks at first glance like the genuine HMRC website. That is also false. Of course anybody that has even a modicum of common sense should know that the HMRC ( Tax) do not get your

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May 192015
 

cPanel TSR-2015-0003 Announcement May 18, 2015 cPanel TSR-2015-0003 Announcement cPanel has released new builds for all public update tiers. These updates provide targeted changes to address security concerns with the cPanel & WHM product. These builds are currently available to all customers via the standard update system. cPanel has rated these updates as having CVSSv2 scores ranging from 2.1 to 4.0. Information on cPanel’s security ratings is available at http://go.cpanel.net/securitylevels. If your deployed cPanel & WHM servers are configured to automatically update when new releases are available, then no action is required. Your systems will update automatically. If you have disabled automatic updates, then we strongly encourage you to update your cPanel & WHM installations at your earliest convenience. RELEASES The following cPanel & WHM versions address all known vulnerabilities: 11.48.4.4 & Greater 11.46.3.6 & Greater 11.44.3.5 & Greater The latest public releases of cPanel & WHM for all update tiers are available at http://httpupdate.cpanel.net. SECURITY ISSUE INFORMATION The cPanel security team and independent security researchers identified the resolved security issues. There is no reason to believe that these vulnerabilities have been made known to the public. As such, cPanel will only release limited information about the vulnerabilities at this time. Once sufficient time has passed, allowing cPanel & WHM systems to automatically update to the new versions, cPanel will

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May 192015
 

PO :5182015  pretending to come from shuiling < shuilingroup.com >with  a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found.  The bad guys choose

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May 182015
 
some financial transaction  - word doc or excel xls spreadsheet malware

An email pretending to about some financial transaction with strange subjects coming from random names and random email addresses with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. The name of the alleged sender in the header matches the name in the body of the email. Some of the subjects seen are: Your reasoning stands in need Need your attention Grand advert 415993 Need your consideration Have a need in your considering Important notice 365205 Essential information 676687 Your advertence stands in need Considerable note 107848 Wish to know your thought Your cognizance is in great necessity In want of your concern Your concept stands in demand In want of your regarding Have a need in your considering Have a need in your thought,CAMPER & NICHOLSONS MARINA INV LTD The attachment to the email is named by adding the  recipient

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May 182015
 
Here's a picture message you've been sent from 07711888963 - word doc or excel xls spreadsheet malware

An email saying Here’s a picture message you’ve been sent from 07711888963 with no subject pretending to come from +447711862559@mediamessaging.o2.co.uk ( random phone numbers) with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up

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May 182015
 
Amazon.co.uk Order Details 89920-02119-38881-73110 - word doc or excel xls spreadsheet malware

Order Details 89920-02119-38881-73110 pretending to come from  Amazon.co.uk <order@anazon.co.uk> with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Everybody who regularly use Amazon will know that they do not send word doc or pdf attachments to emails so this is obviously a spoof designed to either infect you or steal information.  New or infrequentt users might get unwittingly caught out. Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will

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May 152015
 
Reliance Scrap Metal  Self Bill SB026336 Attached - word doc or excel xls spreadsheet malware

Self Bill SB026336 Attached pretending to come from Reliance Scrap Metal <enquiries@reliancescrapmetal.com> with a malicious word doc or Excel XLS spreadsheet attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad

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May 132015
 
Surety Bond Alternative - CHS Surety  - fake PDF malware

Surety Bond Alternative coming from random names and email addresses with  a random named zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment. A very high proportion are being targeted at small and medium size businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers. Almost all of these also have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing your bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Many of them are also designed to specifically steal your Facebook and other social network log in details. All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at random. Some of these companies will exist and some won’t. Don’t try to respond by phone or email, all you will do is end up with an innocent person  or company  who have had their details spoofed and picked at random from a long list that the bad guys have previously found.  The

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