Continuing with the malware downloads using parking fines as the lure to infect you, is todays example pretending to come from London Borough Of Havering. Over the last few months we have seen London Borough of Barking and Dagenham CPS enforcement ( Northern), UKPC as well as numerous speed camera ones. All the previous versions have delivered ursnif banking trojan
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.
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.
17 February 2017: r393e.zip : Extracts to: Ticket_Evidence_DOC0337-P3.js Current Virus total detections: Payload Security shows a download from http://clubcocheclasico.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-no-category-base/ylxmtccpd/oops.php which delivered azjervo.exe ( VirusTotal) ( Payload Security)
I don’t have the original email, because only the body was forwarded to me, so I don’t know the alleged senders.
Traffic Management Act 2004 by Regulation 9 of the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contravention (England) General Regulation 2007 Service by Civil Enforcement Officer
(PCN) Parking Charge Notice
· Date of Service of The Penalty: 16/02/2017
· Was Seen On : Dunningford Close
· By Civil Enforcement Officer: 28778 – Who believed that violation was being committed
· Violation: Parked without clearly displaying a valid permit where required
· At 20:34 On: 16/02/2017
If you don’t agree with the ticket, you are able to challenge the ticket.
View Video/Photographic Evidence of Your PCN Protest The Penalty
A penalty bill is now payable and must be paid not later than the last day of the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which this penalty bill notice was given, otherwise the penalty charge will reduce by 50%.
© Copyright The London Borough of Havering 2016 Powered by Jadu Continuum. Handcrafted by Spacecraft.
In the same way as all the previous examples, the link in the email body goes via a “pass through” site and ends up on an imitation of the genuine London Borough of Havering Parking page. There are normally dozens if not hundreds of the pass through /redirect sites in these emails that all end up on http://sqqb.myhaveringborough.com/llwa/892400/ingx/loading_data/offence/ticket_evidence.php . The domain myhaveringborough.com was registered 10 days ago by criminals using privacy protection. It is quite unusual for them to wait so long to use the fake domain.
Enter the captcha and you get a zip file with a.js file that eventually downloads the Ursnif banking Trojan
All these malicious emails are either designed to steal your Passwords, Bank, PayPal or other financial details along with your email or FTP ( web space) log in credentials. Or they are Ransomware versions that encrypt your files and demand large sums of money 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.
There are frequently dozens or even hundreds of different download locations, sometimes delivering the exactly same malware from all locations and sometimes slightly different malware versions from each one. Dridex, Locky and many other malwares do 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 to the version we list here.
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.