This example is an email containing the subject of “CC(01) Company Complaint – Ref# 386281222CPC ” pretending to come from Companies House but actually coming from a look-a-like or typo-squatted domain “WebFilling@companieshouse-docs.co.uk” with a malicious word doc attachment is today’s latest spoof of a well-known company, bank or public authority delivering Trickbot banking Trojan
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From: Companies House <WebFilling@companieshouse-docs.co.uk>
Date: Thu 14/06/2018 13:19
Subject: CC(01) Company Complaint – Ref# 386281222CPC
This message has been generated in response to the company complaint submitted to Companies House WebFiling service.
(CC01) Company Complaint for the above company was accepted on 14/06/2018.
The submission number is 386281222CPC
Please quote this number in any communications with Companies House.
All WebFiled documents are available to view / download for 10 days after their original submission. However it is not possible to view copies of accounts that were downloaded as templates.
For more information please check the document attached to this email.
Not yet filing your accounts online? See how easy it is.
Note: reference to company may also include Limited Liability Partnership(s).
Thank you for using the Companies House WebFiling service.
Service Desk tel +44 (0)303 8097 476 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: This email was sent from a notification-only email address which cannot accept incoming email. Please do not reply directly to this message
If you’re unsure an email is from Companies House:
• Do not reply to it or click on any links
• Report the suspicious email to Companies House
All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated
Companies House 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 genuine Company, Bank, Government or message sending services. Normally there is only newly registered domain that imitate Companies House, HMRC, another Government department, a Bank, file hosting service or a message sending service that can easily be confused with the genuine organisation in some way, that are hosted on & sending emails from 4 different servers.. Some days however we do see dozens or even hundreds of fake domains.
Today’s example of the spoofed domain has switched from Godaddy to being registered via Tucows as registrar. Because of new GDPR rules we cannot easily find the registrants name or any further details.
- companieshouse-docs.co.uk hosted on & sending emails via 184.108.40.206 nld-net-ip.as51430.net NL AS51430 AltusHost B.V.| 220.127.116.11 Tempe Arizona US AS20454 SECURED SERVERS LLC |18.104.22.168 Alblasserdam South Holland NL AS49453 Global Layer B.V.| 22.214.171.124 NL AS60781 LeaseWeb Netherlands B.V.|
This malware doc file downloads from http://ion-consulting.com/jas.bin which is a renamed .exe file ( VirusTotal) Gtag Ser 0614
The alternate Download location from the PowerShell script in the macro is supposed to be http://zicombd.com/jas.bin but there is no IP address listed for that domain. Either the malware bad actor has messed up & made a mistake when inserting the domain name or the site owners found the malware very quickly & took the site down by removing the DNS to stop problems.
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.
http://zicombd.com/jas.bin No IP address listed
Email from: WebFilling@companieshouse-docs.co.uk