Order confirmation pretending to come from Scott Powell is another one from the current zbot runs which try to drop cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using 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.
Almost all of these have a password stealing component, with the aim of stealing 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.
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.
Thisd one looks like a rerun of this old one Order Confirmation – Ferryfast.co.uk – fake PDF malware but without the ferryfast name being used
Edit: there appears to be 2 different botnets using the same email template today, or at least 2 different malwares being distributed using this email. All the order numbers in the zip attachments appear to, be random & it is pot luck which version you get
Attached is a list of items we have recently supplied that require the prices to be confirmed.
5 August 2014 Order 9680748.zip (44kb) : Extracts to Order 2661788.exe Current Virus total detections: 1/51
5 August 2014 Order 3752721.zip (78 kb) : Extracts to Order 88219822.exe Current Virus total detections: 2/54
This Order confirmation is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected.
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. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.