This malware delivery campaign is a bit of a disaster, but of course, the more unbelievable it is the more victims seem to fall for it. The email looks like a 4 year year old child has cut & pasted bits from different emails or images to get something vaguely resembling a DPD delivery message. It is typical of these skiddie criminals to over egg the pudding and ruin what could have been a very effective delivery campaign. Firstly the delivery date is 10 days ago. They could at least have used a sending domain that vaguely pretended to be BT or DPD and not what looks like an Indian Restaurant that doesn’t appear to actually exist. If you look at the email header section you can see an IP address for host13.agraindiankitchenla.com but no IP or website exists for agraindiankitchenla.com, however the Whois look up of it does show they allow emails to be sent from a multitude of IP addresses, which suggests strongly that the domain is only being used for malicious purposes. It is likely the website did exist a few years ago but has now been taken over by criminals to use in malware & phishing campaigns.
The malware involved in this campaign is Danabot, which hasn’t been a very well known or prolific spreader so far. It was first discovered in May 2018
The whole campaign and delivery system is a bit messy, starting with a link in the email to download a zip file that extracts to a rather large .JS file. That in turn drops various executable files that appear to be embedded inside the .JS file and are extracted via a quite complicated & obfuscated set of instructions and commands. Being honest I am finding it difficult to follow the chain in this one.
They use email addresses and subjects that will entice, persuade, scare or shock a user to read the email, follow the links or 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. However today’s lure or a parcel delivery notification is more typical of a consumer scam rather than business. Once you see the delivery date 10th September 2018 and today is 20 September 2018, you just know this is a complete scam. None of the UK delivery services are that incompetent or useless to send an email 10 days after the delivery date. Although some do come pretty close to being that useless.
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This malware .JS file drops the following files
C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Tempa.exe 00efe74d64877e267420b35a19b7d84c VirusTotal |
C:\Users\admin\AppData\Local\Tempa.dll 7bde107ca19dd9b4528658829f2dd98d VirusTotal |
C:\ProgramData\055553F1\05555332.dll cbe395b6b117c7596390954a4dc5c8f7 VirusTotal |
The malware contacts 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52 via port 443 ( the default SSl connection) but I can’t work out what is does.
One of the emails looks like:
From: Mila Sauro <Sauro4236@agraindiankitchenla.com>
Date: Thu 20/09/2018 07:37
Subject: Your parcel is N°84988891531 on its way
We’ll deliver your BT parcel on
10th September 2018
Your parcel is on its way a 1 hour time slot has been selected for delivery once your parcel has been loaded on the van, usually by 1:00pm. Click run parcel track to get accurate delivery time or rearrange delivery.
Please note, our driver is unable to leave this item safe.
Run Parcel Track
Your parcel: 135031984321740
Download our app
Never miss a parcel delivery from your favourite DPDgroup companies, DPD Local and DPD.
Find out more <http://www.realitychangemarketing.com/ugcqq?grgyg=65741>
|184.108.40.206||host13.agraindiankitchenla.com||DE||AS61317 Digital Energy Technologies Limited|
Received: from host13.agraindiankitchenla.com ([220.127.116.11]:54462)
by my email server with esmtp (Exim 4.91)
for firstname.lastname@example.org; Thu, 20 Sep 2018 08:36:32 +0100
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; s=mail; d=agraindiankitchenla.com;
DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; c=nofws; q=dns; s=mail; d=agraindiankitchenla.com;
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:36:31 +0100
From: “Mila Sauro” <Sauro4236@agraindiankitchenla.com>
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; boundary=”——-368CADD3272BCDFF”
|agraindiankitchenla.com||IN||TXT||v=spf1 a mx ip4:18.104.22.168 ip4:22.214.171.124 ip4:126.96.36.199 ip4:188.8.131.52 ip4:184.108.40.206 ip4:220.127.116.11 ip4:18.104.22.168 ip4:22.214.171.124 ip4:126.96.36.199 ip4:188.8.131.52 ip4:184.108.40.206 ip4:220.127.116.11 ip4:18.104.22.168
ip4:22.214.171.124 ip4:126.96.36.199 ip4:188.8.131.52 ip4:184.108.40.206 ip4:220.127.116.11 ip4:18.104.22.168 ip4:22.214.171.124 ip4:126.96.36.199 ip4:188.8.131.52 ip4:184.108.40.206 ip4:220.127.116.11 ip4:18.104.22.168 ip4:22.214.171.124 ip4:154.16.2
02.50 ip4:126.96.36.199 ip4:188.8.131.52 ip4:184.108.40.206 ip4:220.127.116.11 ip4:18.104.22.168 ~all
These malicious attachments normally 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. A very high proportion are Ransomware versions that encrypt your files and demand money ( about £350/$400) to recover the files.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 .vbs, .wsf , .jse .jar 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.
Email from: Sauro4236@agraindiankitchenla.com