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An email saying Please find attached INVOICE number 224244 from Power EC Ltd pretending to come from soo.sutton[random number]@powercentre.com with a subject of  INVOICE [random number] from Power EC Ltd is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Zbots, 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 also 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.

All the alleged senders, companies, names of employees and phone numbers mentioned in the emails are all innocent and are just picked at 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.

This email has what appears to be a genuine word doc attached which is malformed and contains a macro script virus. Modern versions of Microsoft office, that is Office 2010 and 2013 and Office 365 have Macros disabled by default, UNLESS you or your company have enabled them.  If macros are enabled then opening this malicious word document will infect you, and simply previewing it in  windows explorer or your email client might well be enough to infect you. Definitely DO NOT follow the advice they give to enable macros to see the content.

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. Also please read our post about word macro malware and how to avoid being infected by them

All these emails have random invoice numbers in the subject line and the invoice number matches the attachment name & number in most cases so far today

The email looks like:

Please find attached INVOICE number 224244 from Power EC Ltd

New version 8 December 2014

Please find attached INVOICE number 224245 from Power EC Ltd

 

Update 30 October 2014: today’s version now has a random invoice number in the subject, body and the attachment, that sometimes all match up but sometime  are all different

Update 8 December 2014:  Today’s subject is INVOICE 224245 from Power EC Ltd with 2 different size word attachments  224245.doc ( 246kb)     224245.doc (207kb)

28 October 2014 : INVOICE263795.doc          Current Virus total detections: 3/54

30 October 2014 : INVOICE296734.doc         Current Virus total detections: 1/53

9 December 2014 : 224245.doc   ( 135kb)      Current Virus total detections: 1/51  second version (132kb)  1/53

 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. Most ( if not all) 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,  you can easily see if it is a picture or document & not a malicious program. If you see .EXE or .COM or .PIF or .SCR 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 guaranteed way to get infected. The best way is to just delete the unexpected zip and not risk any infection.

 

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30 October 2014 10:04 am 10:04 am

if you have unfortuantely opened this file what can be done to remove the files?????

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30 October 2014 10:21 am 10:21 am

but what if you clicked on the enable???

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jeff
30 October 2014 2:02 pm 2:02 pm

I have the same issue have you found a solution yet my imac is out of bounds till its resolved many thanks

Mark
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Mark
30 October 2014 10:22 am 10:22 am

i have Word 2010

Lesley
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12 November 2014 11:51 am 11:51 am

soo.sutton@powercentre.com
another email address to block.

Pam
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Pam
26 November 2014 5:12 pm 5:12 pm

I have just opened this on my iPad as we had ordered something from company called power ec ltd

Really worried now what should I do to protect myself as I use my iPad for banking ect

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tihomir
8 December 2014 2:41 pm 2:41 pm

i have opened the file , but did not “enabled” the macro. But anyway the bin.exe started. My PC start to work strange but no antivirus can detect the virus presence. After i restarted my PC it’s working perfect. Like nothing happened. I continued to search for the virus/malware but no success for now. So i’m wondered. What goes wrong. Do i have virus on my PC and just can not find it or i dont. I’m realy confused and dont know how to proceed.Can you advice me with which Antivirus/Antimalware program should i scan?

Gary
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Gary
8 December 2014 4:04 pm 4:04 pm

Will this virus run on an android phone?

After clicking preview it says email must be downloaded to open.

Paul
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Paul
8 December 2014 8:36 pm 8:36 pm

I downloaded the word document invoice 224224 on my iPhone 6 accidentally. Will it affect my phone at all ?

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