This example is an email containing the subject of “Past due invoice 07.16.2018 ” pretending to come from ADP but actually coming from a look-a-like or typo-squatted domain adp-invoice.co.uk with a malicious word doc attachment that pretends to be a protected document that needs content & macros enabled to view it is today’s latest spoof of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan
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From: ADP Invoice <Helen.Brown@adp-invoice.co.uk>
Date: Mon 16/07/2018 11:51
Subject: Past due invoice 07.16.2018
This email contains important information regarding your invoice. Please save it for future reference. For your convenience, a copy of your docs have been attached below.
Tel. +44 (0) 161 782 9288
This e-mail including any attachments is private and confidential and may contain privileged material. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and delete it (including any attachments) immediately. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or use any of the information in it or any attachments. Telephone calls may be monitored or recorded
ADP 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.
What has happened is that the criminals sending these have registered various domains that look like genuine Company, Bank, Government or message sending services. Normally there is only newly registered domain that imitate Companies House, HMRC, another Government department, a Bank, file hosting service or a message sending service that can easily be confused with the genuine organisation in some way, that are hosted on & sending emails from 4 different servers.. Some days however we do see dozens or even hundreds of fake domains.
Today’s example of the spoofed domain is registered via Tucows as registrar instead of Godaddy for a change. Because of new GDPR rules we cannot easily find the registrants name or any further details.
- adp-invoice.co.uk hosted on & sending emails via 18.104.22.168| 22.214.171.124 |126.96.36.199| 188.8.131.52|
A bit of a change today with the macro on these word doc. They are using some sort of Active X control ( looks like ink picture resize active X control today. We have been seeing in picture paint recently) to start & run the macro, so it needed an extra couple of clicks from the victim to get infected. After enabling content I needed to click a couple of times at the top of the page where it looks like some sort of embedded ole object is also used.
This malware doc file downloads from http://athensgaseo.com/12.34 which is a renamed .exe file ( VirusTotal) Gtag Ser 0716
The alternate Download location is http://ciicpro.com/12.34
All modern versions of word and other office programs, that is 2010, 2013, 2016 and 365, should open all Microsoft office documents that is Word docs, Excel spreadsheet files and PowerPoint etc that are downloaded from the web or received in an email automatically in “protected view” that stops any embedded malware, macros and DDE “exploit /Feature” and embedded ole objects 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. If the protected mode bar appears when opening the document DO NOT follow the advice they give to enable macros or enable editing to see the content. The document will have a warning message, but you will be safe.
Be aware that there are a lot of other 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 outweighing the convenience, benefits and cost of keeping an old version going.
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
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.
Email from: Helen.Brown@adp-invoice.co.uk