This example is today’s latest spoof or imitation of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan. The email with the subject of “Overdue Invoice ” pretends to come from Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP but actually comes from “James.McMillan@pwcuk.co.uk” which is a look-a-like, typo-squatted or other domain that can easily be misidentified, mistaken or confused with the genuine site. These all have either a malicious office file attachment or link to download the malicious office doc or XLS file from a remote website.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP / https://www.pwc.co.uk/ 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 the genuine Company, Bank, Government Department or message sending service. Normally there is only one newly registered domain that imitates a well known Company, Government Department, Bank or other organisation that can easily be confused with the genuine body or website in some way. These are hosted on & send the emails from 3 or 4 different servers. Some days however we do see dozens or even hundreds of fake domains.
Today’s example of the spoofed domain is, as usual, registered via Godaddy as registrar. Because of new GDPR rules we cannot easily find the registrants name or any further details.
- pwcuk.co.uk hosted on & sending emails via 188.8.131.52 | 184.108.40.206 | 220.127.116.11 |
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From: James McMillan <James.McMillan@pwcuk.co.uk>
Date: Thu 01/11/2018 11:21
Subject: Overdue Invoice
We note that the balance of the invoice, attached to this letter for your ease of reference, and listed in the table below totalling £23,412.98 has not been paid. This invoice was due for payment as shown in the table.
If you have made payment before receiving this letter, we apologise for any invonvenience caused and thank you for your attention to this matter.
If you have not done so, we might also be able to offer you repayment options should you wish to discuss this. Alternatively, kindly within 14 days of the date of this email make payment of the full outstanding amount, set out in the table. Payment can be made by the methods shown in the invoice.
Kindly note that if you should choose to ingnore this letter, we shall claim further interest on the outstanding amount that you are liable for until the date of full payment. We shall also make a claim for resonable recovery costs.
PwC | Manager
Mobile: +44 751 812 7218
Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: The contents of this email message and any attachments are intended solely for the addressee(s) and may contain confidential and/or privileged information and may be legally protected from disclosure.
The alternate Download location is http://aseprom.com/sun.sets
The folder for the files & configs is: C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\WSIGE
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: James.McMillan@pwcuk.co.uk