Late last night a contact posted several comments about a new malware on THIS post. When I got up this morning, I checked my mail server quarantine and found about 100 copies of same email starting at about 21.30 UTC last night and still going on at 7am BST ( 8am UTC this morning .
I have seen 3 distinct subject lines:
- ****Dont’t miss this fantastic free sport media player****
- **** You wished you had this sport media player sooner****
- Amazing**** Free “Sport media Player”**
All the emails come from Splayer XXXXX where XXXX can be team, company, player, command, online or any other similar word. The rest of the email address is spoofed and random
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.
Splayer 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
There is a genuine Splayer media player which looks to be based in China which does have an English landing page Until this spam run, I had never heard of Splayer and have absolutely no idea how good or bad it is or why this malspam run has imitated it or used its name to try to infiltrate malware to your computer. However, it might just be a coincidence in the name and the malware gang are using the lure of a “free” media player that will find and stream all the sports online for FREE that you should have to pay for. There are several different versions of the email but all basically similar
One of the emails looks like:
From: Splayer team <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Wed 07/09/2016 00:38
Subject: Amazing**** Free “Sport media Player”**
Attachment: Link in email to http://splayering.pw/download/jgyhkyib3vilvud2m/splayer-rc20.zip
**** You wished you had this sport media player sooner****
To feast the launch of our NEW media changer “Splayer”, we are giving away this great changer that is free of charge. Pooh can’t believe it’s free of charge – sports admirers will be addicted, twenty-four-hour free livestream sports, select your sport from horse race, Mma, soccer, golf to formula one…… if it’s aired, u can transmit it. The changer will be fast turnout for sale for Â£39.99 as a single payment, so don’t lose this option to buy it is free of charge…. Download over here and don’t lose the option!
Hope you rejoice it practice
Online changer Splayer has been developed for watching live sport programs online. It’s quick, facile and no exigency for setup. All you have to make is to clamp Splayer, make a choice of what live sports you love to watch â€“ recline and rejoice! The servers and threads are selected automatically, that admits you the detailed image quality and no buffering just as looking. Disclose, select, see. Common. If not by chance you ecounter challenges with replay â€“ strive overloading your personal computer or playing Splayer on a different personal computer. Or appeal Splayer tech support: email@example.com
Get Splayer For Free!
There are literally hundreds of download locations for this malware but so far I have only found 3 base domains that contain the downloads, with hundreds of different random named folders and player versions. Each version appears to have a slightly different .hta file inside the zip and a strong warning should be given that they are using an unusual method of zipping the hta file so it extracts to computer root and possibly / probably autoruns when you double click the zip
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.
I have only quickly analysed 1 version of the .hta file so far but I am sure all the others will give similar results.
7 September 2016 : splayer-rc10.zip : Extracts to: splayer.hta Current Virus total detections: Payload Security shows a download from splayeracy.online/50d5fdc6-7ed5-4272-b148-fcade183219e/splayer.bin ( VirusTotal) Payload Security which shows this is using the same file, file names & behaviour that was described in THIS post which look like some sort of password stealer and backdoor trojan
Previous campaigns over the last few weeks have delivered numerous different download sites and malware versions. There are frequently 5 or 6 and even up to 150 download locations on some days, sometimes delivering the exactly same malware from all locations and sometimes slightly different malware versions. Dridex /Locky does 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.
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 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.