Continuing with the never ending series of malware downloaders is an email with the subject of Consignment Note for Booking Order BH7 105294 ( probably random numbers) coming or pretending to come from firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> which delivers what looks like Fareit Password stealer trojan
These use ace files which are a proprietary form of zip file that needs special tools to unzip. Most recipients won’t have these programs or tools on their computers so will be automatically protected form these. Today they have attached 2 differently named .ace files. Both extract to the same .exe file
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.
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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.
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.
This malware downloads an encrypted file from http://trewincefarm.co.uk/xlyy7 which is converted by the script to 0UBE8YF7q1BcN.zk ( VirusTotal)
One of the emails looks like:
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Thu 01/09/2016 19:22
Subject: Consignment Note for Booking Order BH7 105294
Attachment: conditions.pdf.ace and consignment.pdf.ace
A collection request has been placed with TNT Express.
Attached is the consignment note that relates to this collection request.
To view and print the consignment note, you will need the freely
available document viewer, Adobe Acrobat Reader, version 5.0 or later.
If you have any problems reading the attachment, download your free copy
from the Web. To download, go to:
Please print off all copies of the consignment note and ensure you have
read our terms and conditions, which are also attached and applicable
hereto, before signing each copy of the consignment note, whereby you
confirm to have fully accepted said terms and conditions.
When the TNT representative arrives to collect your consignment, please
hand over all copies of the consignment note with the exception of the
Sender copy. (Retain this copy for your own reference).
For enquiries, please do not respond to this Email but contact your
local Customer Services department.
Many thanks and kind regards
This email, together with any attachments, is for the exclusive and
confidential use of the addressee(s). Any other distribution, use or
reproduction without the sender’s prior consent is unauthorised and
strictly prohibited, if you have received this message in error, please
notify the sender by email immediately and delete this message from your
computer without making copies.
This message and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged
or otherwise protected from disclosure.
If you are not the intended recipient, please telephone or email the
sender and delete this message and any attachment from your system.
If you are not the intended recipient you must not copy this message or
attachment or disclose the contents to any other person.
Please consider the environmental impact before printing this document
and its attachment(s). Print black and white and double-sided where
|22.214.171.124||yoda.hozzt.com||TR||AS42926 Radore Veri Merkezi Hizmetleri A.S.|
Received: from [126.96.36.199] (port=33826 helo=yoda.hozzt.com)
by knight.knighthosting.co.uk with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:256)
for firstname.lastname@example.org; Mon, 06 Nov 2017 04:51:22 +0000
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/relaxed;
d=yapigazetesi.com; s=default; h=Message-ID:Subject:To:From:Date:Content-Type
Received: from [::1] (port=36999 helo=webmail.yapigazetesi.com)
by yoda.hozzt.com with esmtpa (Exim 4.89)
id 1eBYJ9-002Q4C-B4; Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:42:43 +0300
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2017 06:42:38 +0300
From: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Consignment Note for Booking Order BH7 105294
User-Agent: Roundcube Webmail/1.2.4
X-AntiAbuse: This header was added to track abuse, please include it with any abuse report
X-AntiAbuse: Primary Hostname – yoda.hozzt.com
X-AntiAbuse: Original Domain – thespykiller.co.uk
X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID – [47 12] / [47 12] X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain – yapigazetesi.com
X-Get-Message-Sender-Via: yoda.hozzt.com: authenticated_id: email@example.com
X-Authenticated-Sender: yoda.hozzt.com: firstname.lastname@example.org
All these malicious emails are either designed to steal your Passwords, Bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Or they are Ransomware versions that encrypt your files and demand large sums of money 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.
There are frequently dozens or even hundreds of different download locations, sometimes delivering the exactly same malware from all locations and sometimes slightly different malware versions from each one. Dridex, Locky and many other malwares do update at frequent intervals during the day, sometimes as quickly as every hour, so you might get a different version of these nasty Ransomware or Banking password stealer Trojans to the version we list here.
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.