The next in the never ending series of Locky downloaders is a German language email with the subject of Ihre Bestellung ist auf dem Weg zu Ihnen! OrderID 79872 ( random number) pretending to come from Kids Party World <email@example.com> with a zip attachment that starts invoice-random number containing a.WSF file
Kids Party World 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.
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.
The link to DHL in the email body is a genuine link but gives a no tracking information found ( or words to that effect)
One of the emails looks like:
From: Kids Party World <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu 01/09/2016 19:22
Subject: Ihre Bestellung ist auf dem Weg zu Ihnen! OrderID 79872
Sehr geehrter Kunde,
Ihre Bestellung wurde am 21.09.2016 auf den Weg gebracht, bzw. von Ihnen bei uns im Lager abgeholt.
Versanddienstleister für Standard Paketsendungen ist die Firma DHL – für die Express Lieferungen DHL-Express.
Sollte Ihre Bestellung nicht in den nächsten 1-3 Werktagen (Mo – Sa) bei Ihnen eintreffen, dann wenden Sie sich bitte per eMail an uns.
Auslandsendungen innerhalb der EU, bzw. europ. Nachbarländer benötigen 2-5 Werktage (Mo – Fr).
EXPRESS Sendungen werden grundsätzlich am nächsten Werktag bis 12.00 Uhr ausgeliefert. Express Samstags Sendungen am folgenden Samstag bis 12.00 Uhr!
Einzelheiten der Lieferung können Sie über den folgenden Link einsehen:
Die DHL Tracking Nr. lautet:
Bitte beachten Sie bei der Paketannahme den Zustand des Pakets. Wenn eine Beschädigung des Pakets vorliegt, bitten wir Sie diese von dem Zusteller aufnehmen zu lassen. Nur dann kann die Versandversicherung im Falle einer Beschädigung der Waren in Anspruch genommen werden.
Eine Rechnungskopie zu Ihrer Information haben wir dieser eMail beigefügt.
Vielen Dank für Ihren Einkauf in unserem Online Shop
Wir freuen uns auf einen weiteren Besuch von Ihnen!
Mit freundlichen Grüßen,
Ihr Kids Party World Team
Kids Party World
Senefelder Str. 2
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Which translates in English to:
Your order was placed on 09.21.2016 on the way, or collected from you at our warehouse.
Shipping service for standard parcels is the company DHL – for the express delivery DHL Express.
If your order is not in the next 1-3 business days (Mon – Sat) reach you, then please contact us by email.
International shipments within the EU, and Eur. Neighbouring countries need 2-5 business days (Monday – Friday).
EXPRESS shipments are generally delivered to 12:00 am the next business day. Express shipments on Saturday the following Saturday to 12:00!
Details of delivery can be viewed via the following link:
. The DHL tracking number is:
Please note in the parcel drop the condition of the package. If damage to the package is present, we ask you to leave this record from the deliverer. Only then the shipping insurance can be taken in case of damaged goods in claim.
A copy of the invoice for your information we have attached to this email.
Thank you for your purchase in our Online Store
We look forward to another visit from you!
Your Kids Party World Team
Kids Party World
Senefelder Str. 2
Tel .: 06106/2669255
Visit us on Facebook:
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.
1September 2016 : invoice_6737.zip : Extracts to: UFAZ19003.wsf Current Virus total detections: MALWR shows a download of an encrypted file from one of these locations:- http://pryerungot.net/23rf3g54?DVwexdk=jpGmeaGM | http://anoamans.com/23rf3g54?DVwexdk=jpGmeaGM| http://gweedbizen.com/23rf3g54?DVwexdk=jpGmeaGM | which is transformed by the script to IRDEcXdyx1.dll ( VirusTotal)
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 .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.