With Christmas over we are starting to see an increase in malware campaigns. It is not up to the usual level yet because the Russian Gangs are still on their Xmas breaks, but the rest of the scumbags are trying to make up for it.
Some like this one are a bit too obvious. I mean, why would DHL express send me an email asking me to quote for supplying products to a Taiwan company.
I think the apprentice that the criminals have left in charge while they recover from an excess of good spirit has messed up various templates and sent the wrong messages and attachments for the alleged, faked or spoofed senders. DHL and other delivery service emails are generally failure to deliver messages, not orders or quotes.
Further .ace attachments don’t extract routinely with windows inbuilt extraction tools or in most versions of winzip. You need specialised extraction tools, so that cuts down the numbers of prospective victims.
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DHL 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. The emails are being sent from what looks like a compromised server on InMotion Hosting
This is being identified by anyrun as Lokibot but it looks somewhat different to the normal Lokibot we have been used to seeing. However the dropped Dlls etc look familiar.
The C2 for this one is http://ivytechbulk.com/nk/encode.php
One of the emails looks like:
From: DHL EXPRESS <email@example.com>
Date: Tue 08/01/2019 11:21
Subject: Sample designs & New order Requirement
Attachment: P07646487109048 design items & Sample list.ace
Kindly quote the listed Product as attached in the
Document, with FOB Prices, we need to make new order for 1 x 40ft
container and kindly give me the estimated delivery time ASAP.
Waiting for your prompt reply
Jean Cherng Enterprise CO., LTD.
No. 2, Ln. 379, Chung Hua Rd., Shu Lin Dist.,
New Taipei City 238, Taiwan(R.O.C)
|126.96.36.199||server.tristarinco.com||Los Angeles||California||US||AS54641 InMotion Hosting, Inc.|
Received: from server.tristarinco.com ([188.8.131.52]:26568) by my email server with esmtps (TLSv1.2:ECDHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384:256) (Exim 4.91) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>) id 1ggpYc-00020q-Ue for email@example.com; Tue, 08 Jan 2019 11:28:31 +0000 DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha256; q=dns/txt; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=tristarinco.com; s=default; h=Message-ID:References:In-Reply-To:Subject:To: From:Date:Content-Type:MIME-Version:Sender:Reply-To:Cc: Content-Transfer-Encoding:Content-ID:Content-Description:Resent-Date: Resent-From:Resent-Sender:Resent-To:Resent-Cc:Resent-Message-ID:List-Id: List-Help:List-Unsubscribe:List-Subscribe:List-Post:List-Owner:List-Archive; bh=VZFif3LVcQOIC80IQiHuIZlfKgBurjCEARYGOiCMWek=; b=BmlhkKijlLw5/2oEj0vPnHEY4 cOWN0UJN3Bd3SI0mKZh03kAV2E36qTnnEhdqWoQpuzXtm26GoLYgJD/yzbfK7Wjgjd9ZO8X7/k11+ uxlqSIk4iO5Nw0QCUmBCi+ysq8jva8XqYx/sgGIZpTh1AMmw8Q9ZJCY1toN/KsKDEtAf6mS7YMt6N 6csWxgjfR9WQkFKEPQGpgkQFfxrLnkvsNd274j2dFRMgDBdwHcKCAvFMoDDO8lbvIupvFeMhueb9x rHNlZNOhYHe+BSxJgCiQTBjCkFvTA+jqV5bisE2IYBCE6npcsv8XnQWROMTP5fdJs96ifNk/dz5W+ PvP6Xf7Gg==; Received: from [::1] (port=44069 helo=server.tristarinco.com) by server.tristarinco.com with esmtpa (Exim 4.91) (envelope-from <firstname.lastname@example.org>) id 1ggpQs-00020O-Kb; Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:20:30 +0200 MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/mixed; boundary="=_e210f96bd2dc90a9f79dffbf0dcbe7a9" Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2019 13:20:30 +0200 From: DHL EXPRESS <email@example.com> To: undisclosed-recipients:; Subject: Sample designs & New order Requirement Organization: Tristar Global Health In-Reply-To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> References: <email@example.com> Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> X-Sender: email@example.com User-Agent: Roundcube Webmail/1.3.6 X-AntiAbuse: This header was added to track abuse, please include it with any abuse report X-AntiAbuse: Primary Hostname - server.tristarinco.com X-AntiAbuse: Original Domain - thespykiller.co.uk X-AntiAbuse: Originator/Caller UID/GID - [47 12] / [47 12] X-AntiAbuse: Sender Address Domain - dhl.com X-Get-Message-Sender-Via: server.tristarinco.com: authenticated_id: firstname.lastname@example.org X-Authenticated-Sender: server.tristarinco.com: email@example.com
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.
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.