Remittance Advice For The Payment Made On The 19th Feb From Hillsong Church London. – JS Malware Leading To Ransomware

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An email pretending to be remittance advice for the payment made on the 19th Feb from Hillsong Church London with a random subject of MEARS GROUP March Invoice #17577 [ random numbered] and random company names pretending to come from Random senders with a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. 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-sized businesses, with the hope of getting a better response than they do from consumers.

The subject line is random with random company’s names and random invoice numbers. The name of the alleged sender matches the name in the email body. Some of the emails come with a zip attachment containing a js file. Some come with an XLS excel spreadsheet attachment containing a malicious macro

The email looks like this:

From: Osvaldo West <>

Date: Wed 02/03/2021 12:16

Subject: MEARS GROUP March Invoice #17577

Attachment: or Hillsong-914FCE.xls

Body content:

Hi there,

Please find the remittance advice for the payment made on the 19th Feb from Hillsong Church London.

Please let me know if there are any queries.

Kind regards,

Osvaldo West

The material contained in this email may be confidential, and may also be the subject of copyright and/ or privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, any use, disclosure or copying of this document is prohibited. If you have received this document in error, please advise the sender and delete the document.

This email communication does not create or vary any contractual relationship between Hillsong and you. Internet communications are not secure and accordingly Hillsong does not accept any legal liability for the contents of this message.

Please note that neither Hillsong nor the sender accepts any responsibility for viruses and it is your responsibility to scan the email and any attachments.

Hillsong Church London

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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 logs in detail.

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.

Hillsong Church London 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.

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.

You can now send any suspicious files for examination by the antivirus companies via our submission system

2 March: Hill Extracts to: TR914740032016.js Current Virus total detections and MALWR shows a download from ( VirusTotal ) which gave me readme.exe ( I am waiting to find what this is, but it is likely to be some sort of ransomware )

2 March: Hillsong-914FCE.xls Current Virus total detections which are being detected as a Dridex downloader. Both Locky Ransomware and Dridex banking Trojans use the same download mechanisms and until you actually see the payload, it is impossible to tell whether it is Dridrex or Locky MALWR shows a download from which gave me likeaboss.exe ( VirusTotal) this is the same malware file as the js version so is more likely to actually be Dridex rather than Locky

This is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a DOC 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. 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 hide 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 a 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 a guaranteed way to get infected. The best way is to just delete the unexpected zip and not risk any infection.

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