We are still seeing a lot of Lokibot hitting the UK. We don’t bother to post about most of them, because the subjects & emails are so generic that there normally is nothing particularly identifiable about them. However overnight we received a whole slew of emails that are very identifiable. I received about a dozen since about 9pm last night all addressed to various email addresses under my control. ( All caught by spam filters & Malware quarantine settings) This email with the subject of “UNILEVER PURCHASE ORDER #091223 for acknowledgement” pretends to come from Jon Strachan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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.
Unilever 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.
One of the emails looks like:
From: Jon Strachan <email@example.com>
Date: Sat 08/12/2018 08:12
Subject: UNILEVER PURCHASE ORDER #091223 for acknowledgement
I hope this email finds you well.
Please find attached order for your acknowledgement and kindly send the proforma invoice in order to proceed with the request foradvance payment.
Awaiting your reply.
Vice President – Supply chain
Unilever UK Limited
Consumer Careline: +44(0)800 01 01 07
The information contained in this electronic transmission message and any of its attachments is intended for addressee(s) only and may contain confidential information. If you are not the addressee(s), please notify the sender and delete this message completely. Any views expressed herein are those of the individual sender except where the sender specifically states it to be the views of Unilever.
Unileveris neither liable for incomplete transmission of this electronic message nor for any delay in its receipt. If you are not the intended recipient you are hereby notified that any disclosure, reproduction, distribution or taking any action in reliance on the contents of this electronic message is strictly prohibited.
Scanned byMcAfee® Total Protection™and confirmed virus-free.
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Received: from [18.104.22.168] (port=55178 helo=hunimo.com) by my email server with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES128-GCM-SHA256:128) (Exim 4.91) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>) id 1gVXkx-0001cV-Va for email@example.com; Sat, 08 Dec 2018 08:14:36 +0000 Received: from [22.214.171.124] (helo=User) by hunimo.com with esmtpa (Exim 4.84_2) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>) id 1gVXic-0004Rc-27; Sat, 08 Dec 2018 08:12:13 +0000 Reply-To: <email@example.com> From: "Jon Strachan"<firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: UNILEVER PURCHASE ORDER #091223 for acknowledgement Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2018 00:12:09 -0800 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="----=_NextPart_000_0070_01C2A9A6.17A83620" X-Priority: 3 X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2600.0000 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V6.00.2600.0000 Message-Id: <E1gVXic-0004Rcemail@example.com>
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.
UNILEVER PURCHASE ORDER #091223 for acknowledgement.exe