This example is today’s latest spoof or imitation of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan. The email with the subject of ” BACs Transaction Report – Important Information! ” Pretends to come from The Bacs service but is actually coming from “firstname.lastname@example.org” which is a look-a-like, typo-squatted or other domain that can easily be misidentified, mistaken or confused with the genuine site. These all have either a malicious office file attachment or link to download the malicious office doc or XLS file from a remote website.
The BACS service 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.
What has happened is that the criminals sending these have registered various domains that look like the genuine Company, Bank, Government Department or message sending service. Normally there is only one newly registered domain that imitates a well known Company, Government Department, Bank or other organisation that can easily be confused with the genuine body or website in some way. These are hosted on & send the emails from 3 or 4 different servers. Some days however we do see dozens or even hundreds of fake domains.
A consumer or business would not normally see any emails from the Bacs service.
It is described as
Bacs Payment Schemes Limited, previously known as Bankers’ Automated Clearing Services, is the organisation with responsibility for the schemes behind the clearing and settlement of UK automated payment methods Direct Debit and Bacs Direct Credit, as well as the provision of managed services for third parties
This service is used by all the major banks in the UK. Their website https://www.bacs.co.uk/Pages/Home.aspx states:
Bacs is the company which runs Direct Debit in the UK. We also run the Bacs Direct Credit Scheme, which is used to pay salaries and settle invoices from suppliers; this is commonly referred to just as Bacs.
Today’s example of the spoofed domain is, as usual, registered via Godaddy as registrar. Because of new GDPR rules we cannot easily find the registrants name or any further details.
- bacs-reports.co.uk hosted on & sending emails via 188.8.131.52 | 184.108.40.206 | 220.127.116.11 | 18.104.22.168 |
You can now submit suspicious sites, emails and files via our Submissions system
From: BACs Report <email@example.com>
Date: Thu 22/11/2018 12:55
Subject: BACs Transaction Report – Important Information!
This transaction report email notification was sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
BACs Transaction Report
Your recent BACs transaction ( REF #18281920931 ), recently sent from your current account was canceled and return to your bank.
BACS Transaction ID: 18281920931
Return Reason: Invalid/Incomplete Account Number or Sort Code
BACS Transaction Report: 18281920931BACS.xls ( Microsoft Excel Document )
Processing your BACs file may get damaged when uploading a payment file to your bank,you can get an error message a warning or the file is uploaded as free format when it should not.
In relation to the processing cycle, this is the last stage where the payment instruction is applied to (enters) the destination account (arrival, input, processing, entry). A set of payment instructions in the correct format to be submitted for processing by BACS. A payment file can contain several day sections and account sections.A data record that effects the movement of money from one account to another or that sets up a Direct Debit at a destination bank/building society. A payment instruction can be either a debit, a credit or a Direct Debit Instruction (not including any signed authority).
If you have any questions, please contact our Service Desk team on 0370 165 0018, we’ll be happy to help.
This e-mail contains information intended for the addressee only. It may be confidential and may be the subject of legal and/or professional privilege. If you are not the intended recipient, any disclosure, copying, distribution or use of this e-mail and/or any attachment is strictly prohibited. If you have received this transmission in error, please use the reply function to tell us and permanently delete the message.
Please note: Incoming and outgoing e-mail messages are routinely monitored for compliance with our policy on the use of electronic communications. BACs scans outgoing e-mails for viruses and it is your responsibility to carry out any checks before opening the e-mail and/or attachments.
I am not sure why but for some reason today Anyrun shows the download Urls in the Powershell but doesn’t show the connection to the url in the web section but does show the actual downloaded file and all associated actions in the files section.
The alternate Download location is http://oasincorp.com/ruby.suby
The folder for the files & configs is: C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Roaming\vrssit
All modern versions of word and other office programs, that is 2010, 2013, 2016 and 365, should open all Microsoft office documents that is Word docs, Excel spreadsheet files and PowerPoint etc that are downloaded from the web or received in an email automatically in “protected view” that stops any embedded malware, macros and DDE “exploit /Feature” and embedded ole objects from being displayed and running. Make sure protected view is set in all office programs to protect you and your company from these sorts of attacks and do not over ride it to edit the document. If the protected mode bar appears when opening the document DO NOT follow the advice they give to enable macros or enable editing to see the content. The document will have a warning message, but you will be safe.
Be aware that there are a lot of other dodgy word docs spreading that WILL infect you with no action from you, if you are still using an out dated or vulnerable version of word. This is a good reason to update your office programs to a recent version and stop using office 2003 and 2007. Many of us have continued to use older versions of word and other office programs, because they are convenient, have the functions and settings we are used to and have never seen a need to update to the latest super-duper version.
The risks in using older version are now seriously outweighing the convenience, benefits and cost of keeping an old version going.
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
I strongly urge you to update your office software to the latest version and stop putting yourself at risk, using old out of date software.
Email from: email@example.com