For a change we have a slightly unusual hybrid mish-mash, combination of a 419 scam and a Java Adwind malware delivery. It is common to see Java Adwind delivered by fake financial emails or by fake parcel delivery notices. To my recollection this is the first time that a working 419 scam and a malware delivery have been knowingly combined. I don’t know whether this was intended to be a malware delivery method or whether the sending server is infected and adding the malware to all emails sent from that account.
I don’t normally post much about Java Adwind / Java Jrats nowadays but this one does deserve a mention for the unusual combination of the 419 scam and the Java Adwind Trojan.
This arrived overnight and was caught by the spam filters on my server, so hopefully other prospective recipients will also be protected by their spam filters. Also Outlook & many other email clients automatically block access to java.jar files so any victim should find it more difficult to be infected by this Java Adwind malware Trojan.
The other unusual thing about this one is that it pretends to use your own domain or email address as the sender, which is not common with 419 scams, but is relatively common with compromised servers who just use random email templates or even copies of sent emails already on the server and insert the domain from the recipient’s email address as the alleged sender.
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Make Note: Java Adwind / Java Jacksbot are both very dangerous remote access backdoor Trojans, that have cross OS capabilities and can potentially run and infect any computer or operating system including windows, Apple Mac, Android and Linux. It however can only be active or infect you if you have Sun / Oracle Java installed. Along with most security professionals, I strongly urge you to uninstall java and not use it, unless you have a pressing need for it. The majority of domestic ( home ) users and small businesses have no need for Java on their computers. This Article from a couple of years ago explains why you should remove it. If you cannot remove it then it must be kept up to date and be extremely careful with what you download or open.
They use 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.
Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the Name in the From: and not the bit in <domain.com >. That is why these scams and phishes work so well.
Atotech.com 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.
The email looks like:
From: victimsdomian.com <email@example.com>
Date: Mon 13/08/2018 21:04
Attachment: CDE.AWB 987660009876654.pdf.jar.jar
Contact email address(firstname.lastname@example.org)
I am. Olive Nizam Yusof The daughter of the woman who was sick and died of cancer sickness (c) my precious mom may her soul rest in perfect peace.
My mother contacted you some time ago in respect to the funds transfer of her late husband Yusof Nizam Yusof, to help take care of me Olive Yusof Nizam Yusof, before my mother passed a way.
My Father family members wanted to claim all that my father left for my mother due her condition, but my mother fought to made sure they did not collect it until she died, I am very happy that the man from Japan came for our rescue and helped my mother in claiming all my late father’s property
She waited for you to follow up in saving her late husband money but you back up thinking it was all internet fake messages send to collect money from people.
she knows that it not easy to achieve, she understand that so many bad people has made the good once to become bad also. She understand that it is not your fault.
My Mother issued a cashier check to you for your help initially although you backed out thinking that the funds transfer was illegal.
Well, everything was legal and legit and went well through the assistance of a Japanese business man who is name is Mr. Haruki Kintarou, the funds transfer was successful through him.
I am now with a new family in Kasugai Japan and am very happy again in LIFE, because the new family I am staying with takes me as they only daughter but being an orphan is so challenging but am happy.
In a way to appreciate her kind gesture before she pass away, she dropped a cashier cheque of ( One million two hundred thousand USD ($1,200,000.00) before her death in your name and instructed her personal Rev Father who was praying for us when she is alive. Rev.Stephe Uba to make sure you receive the total amount without any problem.
So feel free to contact THE MAN that was praying for y mother before she pass on any time you want, because my mother put the Draft on (high Security Priorities) no one will have access to it.
This is her little way of saying thank you for your initial help. She also makes a comment that you should also use some of the money out in the total amount to help those who needs help.
Contact Rev.Stephe Uba WITH YOUR FULL INFORMATION
Direct contact number
And your full delivery address
Contact Name: Rev.Stephe Uba
Contact Phone Number +2349079546079
Contact email address (email@example.com)
Olive Nizam Yusof
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Received: from [220.127.116.11] (port=50972 helo=atotech.com) by my email server with esmtp (Exim 4.91) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>) id 1fpJ4T-000627-8G for email@example.com; Mon, 13 Aug 2018 21:04:16 +0100 Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: victimsdomain.com <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Greeting Date: 13 Aug 2018 16:04:25 -0400 Message-ID: <20180813160425.B43A5A62123C7800@atotech.com> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0012_09036052.FE0321B0"
These malicious attachments 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, amounts, reference numbers, Bank codes, companies, names of employees, employee positions, email addresses and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all 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.
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.
This is another one of the files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, can easily be mistaken for a genuine DOC / PDF / JPG or other common file instead of the .EXE / .JS file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.
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. Many 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, or an invoice or order confirmation from some company, you can easily see if it is a picture or document & not a malicious program.
If you see .JS or .EXE or .COM or .PIF or .SCR or .HTA at the end of the file name DO NOT click on it or try to open it, it will infect you.
While the malicious program is inside the zip file, it cannot harm you or automatically run. When it is just sitting unzipped in your downloads folder it won’t infect you, provided you don’t click it to run it. Just delete the zip and any extracted file and everything will be OK. You can always run a scan with your antivirus to be sure. There are some zip files that can be configured by the bad guys to automatically run the malware file when you double click the zip to extract the file. If you right click any suspicious zip file received, and select extract here or extract to folder ( after saving the zip to a folder on the computer) that risk is virtually eliminated. Never attempt to open a zip directly from your email, that is a guaranteed way to get infected. The best way is to just delete the unexpected zip and not risk any infection.