Every now and again we see a phishing scam that stops you in your tracks and you think ” I really don’t believe it”. this is another one of them. I am absolutely gobsmacked by the amount of so called web developers, SEO experts or Designers who are totally incapable of securing their own website, let alone build & commission a safe, secure customer’s site. Safety and Security comes first. Then you build the functionality around that, making sure you don’t introduce any security fails while doing so, Then the final step is the look and image you want to portray.
You don’t start with a Kooooool looking website & then start thinking how do I make this function well & how to stop it being hacked or compromised. You start with the basics of a secure webspace & then bolt on bits & pieces to make it work. Checking at each stage that it is still secure.
Today’s wonderful example starts with a fake very terse email with an HTML attachment. There probably should be some sort of text above the signature but nothing shows. Looking at the actual phishing kit it does show something but in encoded html code that is probably in a Chinese or Cyrillic character set
Open the HTML file & you get
On the compromised website we see it looking like this
No looking around the open directory listing on the site we see
and from that we can find the phishing kit “https://webzel.net/koko/wechat1.zip” which when downloaded & opened shows us the scammer behind this email@example.com Who is using various different IP verification services throughout the phish to avoid ther anti-phishing or Antivirus companies detecting him or her & closing it all down to quickly
And NOW we get to the fact that the entire phishing scam is hosted on a web designer’s website. Who state they have been a web designer since 2003. It doesn’t look like she has updated her site or knowledge about web security since then. I can’t really believe a web designer with 16 years of experience would be using a free unsupported wordpress theme using a very hard to read design, colour & fonts. https://www.webzel.net/about-us/
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Remember many email clients, especially on a mobile phone or tablet, only show the Name in the From: and not the bit in <domain.com >. That is why these scams and phishes work so well.
The email looks like:
From: Ms Lui <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon 30/09/2019 01:56
Ms. Wendy Lui
Jinan Dexian Machinery Co., Ltd.
We all get very blasé about phishing and think we know so much that we will never fall for a phishing attempt. Don’t assume that all attempts are obvious. Watch for any site that invites you to enter ANY personal or financial information. It might be an email that says “you have won a prize” or “sign up to this website for discounts, prizes and special offers”
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.
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. Or whether it is a straight forward attempt, like this one, to steal your personal, bank, credit card or email and social networking log in details. Be very careful when unzipping them and make sure you have “show known file extensions enabled“, And then look carefully at the unzipped file. If it says .EXE then it is a problem and should not be run or opened.