Confirmation of Order Number pretending to be from firstname.lastname@example.org is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop 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.
An alternative subject for these is Confirmation of E-Tickets Order Number xxxxxxxxx
This email pretends that you have ordered tickets for a pantomime Peter Pan at Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre in December. Now is the time of year that people do start to pre-book pantomimes and theatres for Christmas.
All of these emails have random order numbers in the subject and the zip malware file has the same number as the order number
Almost all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing 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.
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.
Email looks like:
ORDER CONFIRMATION Order Number Order Date 811918 07-09-2014 13:00
YOUR E-TICKET(S) ARE ATTACHED TO THIS EMAIL, SENT TO email@example.com. Please print ALL PAGES of the PDF file attached to the email and bring them with you to gain admission to the event. The attachment requires that you have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed, please click HERE to download and install this program.
TICKETS QTY TICKET TYPE PRICE EACH TOTAL Peter Pan
Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Tue 23 Dec 2014 – 7:00 PM
3 Early Bird – Price A 18.00 54.00 6 Early Bird Child Under 16 – Price A 15.00 90.00
Ticket Information Circle/A 35-30 (6) , Circle/B 33-31 (3)
DELIVERY METHOD AMOUNT Print At Home – E-Ticket(s) are attached to this order confirmation (You must be able to open and print a PDF file) 1.00
PAYMENTS TYPE # DATE AMOUNT Mastercard Sale ************7006 03-09-2014 13:00 145.00
8 September 2014 : tickets.1374038.zip ( 86 kb) : Extracts to ticket.332091.exe Current Virus total detections: 5/54 MALWR Auto Analysis:
This Confirmation of Order Number is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.
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. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.