For a change we are getting a very well done spear phishing malware downloader pretending to be a parking charge notification. Once you follow the link in the email body, you get sent to an appeal page on a newly set up domain that looks identical to the genuine UKPC appeals and invited to enter the captcha and see the photographic proof of your offence. All the other links go to the genuine ukpcappeals.co.uk pages. It is only the view photos page that has the malware link. A recent version of this with identical emails is described on the UK Police Action Fraud site
The body link in all of them is to a page that matches the sending address listed, so in this case it was karalents.com ( which seems to be a compromised /hacked site) I have also received another email with different links in the email body. that one ends on a 404 page on a russian server.
Once you enter the details & click the link, you get a zip file offered for download
The fake domain is http://y030.ukpcappealsgroup.com/tickets/oplae/send_data/get_location/ticket_photo.php
The genuine domain is https://www.ukpcappeals.co.uk/Photos/Default.aspx
31017.zip : Extracts to: Photo and Ticket.js Current Virus total detections: Payload Security shows a download of a file from ‘http://sukko-diona.ru/media/editors/uzltsvb1mtx/ssminservp.exe’ ( VirusTotal) (Payload Security )
I am not entirely sure what this is, but indications are possibly Ursnif.
Update 22 December 2016: New site spoofing the genuine ukpcappeals.co.uk . Today’s site is http://eo10.appealukpc.com/imer/photo/location_go/49945/ticket_info.php which gives a random named zip extracting to Case Information.js ( VirusTotal) Payload Security shows a download from promrating.ru /wp-admin/user/ocs54suol/sinema_tickets.pdf which is not a pdf but a renamed . exe file which is renamed again to adprtext.exe ( VirusTotal)
One of the emails looks like:
From: UKPC Parking Control <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu 01/09/2016 19:22
Subject: UKPC Parking Charge Reminder ID | 35JR13
Attachment: link to download
Notification To Ticket Holder
Parking attendant №: 89199 had reasonable cause to believe that the following violation of the terms and conditions of parking occured on our client’s private land (Details of which were clearly and prominently displayed and agreed to by the driver by the act of parking the vehicle).
Parking Charge Details Parking Charge Date: 24/10/2016 Parking Charge Referance ID number: M37N43UEQ Parking Charge Amount: £90.00 14 Day Early Pay Discount: £0.00 Additional Charges: £0.00 Discount You Could Have: £81.00 Total now due: £90.00 All the details and photo are available for you: ALL PHOTOS AND PAYMENT OPTIONS YOU CAN FIND HERE Registered in England & Wales. The Meridian, 4 Copthall House, Station Square, Coventry CV1 2FL
The link in this email is to http://keralarents.com/tO7QL514310.9DE131/NIfa646/GOUSH.html which redirects you to http://y030.ukpcappealsgroup.com/tickets/oplae/send_data/get_location/ticket_photo.php. The subdomain (the few characters before the first . before ukpc******** ) changes on each attempt to connect so is random
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 log in details. A very high proportion are Ransomware versions that encrypt your files and demand money ( about £350/$400) 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.
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.
Previous campaigns over the last few weeks have delivered numerous different download sites and malware versions. There are frequently 5 or 6 and even up to 150 download locations on some days, sometimes delivering the exactly same malware from all locations and sometimes slightly different malware versions. Dridex /Locky does 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.
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.
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.