Continuing with the never ending series of malware downloaders is an email with the subject of Your order no 8194788 ( random numbers) has been processed coming from random names @ creatingkindly.com which delivers some sort of malware eventually. These pretend to be an order confirmation for cotton material from a random name shop with a fake address.
Update: now being told this might be an updated new version of Gootkit banking Trojan. Other researchers say different. All that can be decided is it is pretty evil
Each email has a different shop name, the same fake address, different phone numbers and VAT numbers.
The email headers have shown me these coming from random mx numbers at creatingkindly.com 18.104.22.168. The domain creatingkindly.com was registered on 1 April 2017 using Godaddy as the registrar. Whois details and domain look up details show it hosted on 22.214.171.124. It appears to be registered to a Vietnamese entity who have probably used fake details
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.
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.
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.
The email has a link in the body to http://michellesteve.com/victim_name/8194788.php?recipient-id=bzmqkpohrma&=282193283842&395981697844=760611824 which downloads document.zip: which Extracts to: document.lnk Current Virus total detections: Payload Security
Update 19 August 2017 0700 UK time : the michellesteve.com link downloads a new zip with a lnk file today customer-checkorder-AXR-161556.zip ( VirusTotal) that still tries to contact otp.forgetmenotbeading.com/valid.bin ( currently a 404 on the file although the site is live )
An alternative email had the link to http://letsgetvisibility.com/victim_name/6290807.php?id-ee=ycttmymbp&=vdfq&jxkhgrs=vddrhdu which currently gives me a 404 on the entire domain although it does have registration details from 2015
Update: I have found a tweet from another researcher from 1 week ago where the url http://otp.forgetmenotbeading.com/valid.bin was being used in another malware campaign. Payload Security has a sample of that which looks quite different ( VirusTotal)
The domain otp.forgetmenotbeading.com is currently hosted on 126.96.36.199 EU-HOSTSAILOR. I am assuming this site has been compromised by the criminals. I am guessing that the DNS has been compromised to create the sub domain without the owner’s knowledge. The base domain forgetmenotbeading.com is another Godaddy registered domain that has been registered since 2014 and hosted by Godaddy 188.8.131.52 or 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11 or 18.104.22.168 ( depending which DNS look up service I use) which looks to be perfectly innocent.
I really don’t understand how we can get such a wide variation on DNS lookups. They appear to be all genuine Godaddy IP numbers
One of the emails looks like:
From: Andre Campagna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri 18/08/2017 05:22
Subject: Your order no 8194788 has been processed
Dear partner, Please check your order details and ensure all the items on your order are correct. You will receive a dispatch confirmation by email confirming that your goods have been dispatched. Many thanks again for your order. Receipt:
Your Order 8194788
Credit/ Debit Card Payment
RAN shop Unit 9-10 Lane, London ST8 7PH United Kingdom (Great Britain) Tel.: 01727321308 VAT Number: 431980301
54″ Poly Cotton Lining
Thank you for your order #8194788 !
If you have any queries about your order, please click here to raise a support request and we will be happy to help you.
|22.214.171.124||mx37.creatingkindly.com||DE||AS61317 Digital Energy Technologies Limited|
Received: from mx37.creatingkindly.com ([126.96.36.199]:52719)
by knight.knighthosting.co.uk with esmtp (Exim 4.89)
for email@example.com; Fri, 18 Aug 2017 05:38:00 +0100
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; s=key1; d=creatingkindly.com;
DomainKey-Signature: a=rsa-sha1; c=nofws; q=dns; s=key1; d=creatingkindly.com;
Received: from [127.0.0.1] (188.8.131.52) by mx37.creatingkindly.com id hipnig0001gu for <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:21:54 +0200 (envelope-from <email@example.com>)
From: “Andre Campagna” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Your order no 8194788 has been processed
Date: Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:21:54 +0300
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.