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SPAM frauds, fakes, and other MALWARE deliveries...

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#1351 AplusWebMaster



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Posted 18 December 2014 - 07:03 AM


More than 100,000 'WordPress sites infected with Malware'
- https://www.sans.org...ites/xvi/99#301
Dec 15, 2014 - "More than 100,000 websites running on WordPress content management system have been found to be infected with malware that attacks the devices of site visitors. Google has blacklisted more than 11,000 domains. Reports suggest that the attackers exploited a vulnerability in the Slider Revolution Premium plug-in*, which the company has known about since September 2014..."
> http://arstechnica.c...erious-malware/
Dec 15, 2014
(More links at the sans URL above.)

* http://blog.sucuri.n...s-websites.html
Dec 14, 2014


Fake 'AquAid Card' SPAM – doc malware
- http://myonlinesecur...rd-doc-malware/
18 Dec 2014 - "'AquAid Card Receipt' pretending to come from Tracey Smith <tracey.smith@aquaid.co.uk> with a malicious word doc attachment  is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer... This email has what appears to be a genuine word doc attached which is malformed and contains a macro script virus. Modern versions of Microsoft office, that is Office 2010 and 2013 and Office 365 have Macros disabled by default, UNLESS you or your company have enabled them.  If protected view mode is turned off and macros are enabled then opening this malicious word document will infect you, and simply previewing it in  windows explorer or your email client might well be enough to infect you. Definitely DO -NOT- follow the advice they give to enable macros to see the content... The email looks like:
    Please find attached receipt of payment made to us today
    Tracey Smith| Branch Administrator
    AquAid | Birmingham & Midlands Central
    Unit 35 Kelvin Way Trading Estate | West Bromwich | B70 7TP ...

Screenshot: http://myonlinesecur...cious-email.jpg

The macros in this malicious word doc try to connect to http ://sardiniarealestate .info/js/bin.exe  ..which is saved as %TEMP%\YEWZMJFAHIB.exe – this has a marginally better detection rate of 3/53*. As we have seen in so many recent attacks like this one, there are 2 versions of the malware:
18 December 2014 : CAR014 151239.doc ( 124kb) | Current Virus total detections: 2/56**
CAR014 151239.doc (130 kb) | Current Virus total detections: 2/55***
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... 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..."
* https://www.virustot...sis/1418893740/

** https://www.virustot...sis/1418891360/

***  https://www.virustot...sis/1418891888/

> http://blog.dynamoo....rd-receipt.html
18 Dec 2014
- https://www.virustot...sis/1418893415/
... Recommended blocklist:

Fake 'Internet Fax' SPAM - trojan Upatre.FH
- http://blog.mxlab.eu...ojan-upatre-fh/
Dec 18, 2014 - "... intercepted a new trojan distribution campaign by email with the subject “Internet Fax Job”, the email is sent from the spoofed address “MyFax <no-replay@ my-fax.com>” and has the following body:
    Fax image data
    hxxp ://bursalianneler .com/documents/fax.html

The downloaded file fax8642174_pdf contains the 21 kB large file fax8642174_pdf.exe. The trojan is known as Upatre.FH. The trojan will installs itself by creating the service ioiju.exe and makes sure that it boots when Windows starts, modifies several Windows registries... At the time of writing, 1 of the 55 AV engines did detect the trojan at Virus Total*..."
* https://www.virustot...7f048/analysis/
... Behavioural information
TCP connections https://www.virustot...33/information/ https://www.virustot...26/information/ https://www.virustot...97/information/
UDP communications https://www.virustot...96/information/ https://www.virustot...12/information/

Fake 'JPMorgan Chase' SPAM - fake PDF malware
- http://myonlinesecur...ke-pdf-malware/
17 Dec 2014 - "'JPMorgan Chase & Co You have received a new secure message' pretending to come from random names @jpmorgan .com with a zip attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment... The email looks like:
    This is a secure, encrypted message.
    Desktop Users:
    Open the attachment (message_zdm.html) and follow the instructions.
    Mobile Users:
    Voltage secure mail is not currently supported on mobile devices. If you experience issues, please access your secure message from a fully functional browser.
    Need Help?
    Your personalized image for: <redacted>
This email and any attachments are confidential and for the sole use of the recipients. If you have received this email in error please notify the sender.
Email Security Powered by Voltage IBE
Copyright 2013 JPMorgan Chase & Co. All rights reserved

Screenshot: http://myonlinesecur...ure-message.jpg

17 December 2014: message_zdm.zip: Extracts to:  message_zdm.exe
Current Virus total detections: 11/54* . This is another one of the spoofed icon files that unless you have “show known file extensions enabled“, will look like a proper PDF file instead of the .exe file it really is, so making it much more likely for you to accidentally open it and be infected..."
* https://www.virustot...sis/1418844158/
... Behavioural information
TCP connections https://www.virustot...33/information/ https://www.virustot...66/information/
UDP communications https://www.virustot...52/information/ https://www.virustot...78/information/

- http://threattrack.t...re-message-spam
Dec 18, 2014
Screenshot: https://gs1.wac.edge...JHwm1r6pupn.png
Tagged: JPMorgan, Upatre

ICANN e-mail accounts, zone database breached in spearphishing attack
Password data, other personal information of account holders exposed.
- http://arstechnica.c...hishing-attack/
Dec 17 2014 - "Unknown attackers used a spearphishing campaign to compromise sensitive systems operated by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a coup that allowed them to take control of employee e-mail accounts and access personal information of people doing business with the group. ICANN, which oversees the Internet's address system, said in a release published Tuesday* that the breach also gave attackers administrative access to all files stored in its centralized zone data system**, as well as the names, postal addresses, e-mail addresses, fax and phone numbers, user names, and cryptographically hashed passwords of account holders who used the system. Domain registries use the database to help manage the current allocation of hundreds of new generic top level domains (gTLDs) currently underway. Attackers also gained unauthorized access to the content management systems of several ICANN blogs... As the group controlling the Internet's domain name system, ICANN is a prime target for all kinds of attacks from hackers eager to obtain data that can be used to breach other targets..."
* https://www.icann.or...2-2014-12-16-en

* https://czds.icann.org/en

Worm exploits nasty Shellshock bug to commandeer network storage systems
- http://arstechnica.c...torage-systems/
Dec 15 2014 - "Criminal hackers are actively exploiting the critical shellshock vulnerability* to install a self-replicating backdoor on a popular line of storage systems, researchers have warned. The malicious worm targets network-attached storage systems made by Taiwan-based QNAP, according to a blog post published Sunday** by the Sans Institute. The underlying shellshock attack code exploits a bug in GNU Bash that gives attackers the ability to run commands and code of their choice on vulnerable systems. QNAP engineers released an update in October that patches systems against the vulnerability, but the discovery of the worm in the wild suggests a statistically significant portion of users have yet to apply it. Infected systems are equipped with a secure shell (SSH) server and a new administrative user, giving the attackers a persistent backdoor to sneak back into the device at any time in the future..."
* http://arstechnica.c...with-nix-in-it/

** https://isc.sans.edu...e Devices/19061

:ph34r:  <_<

Edited by AplusWebMaster, Yesterday, 05:33 AM.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:50 AM


Fake 'BACS payment' SPAM - XLS malware
- http://myonlinesecur...el-xls-malware/
19 Dec 2014 - "'BACS payment Ref:9408YC' coming from random email addresses with a malicious Excel XLS attachment is another one from the current bot runs which try to download various Trojans and password stealers especially banking credential stealers, which may include cridex, dridex, dyreza and various  Zbots, cryptolocker, ransomware and loads of other malware on your computer. They are using email addresses and subjects that will entice a user to read the email and open the attachment... The email looks like:

Please see below our payment confirmation for funds into your account on Tuesday re invoice 9408YC
Accounts Assistant
Tel:  01874 430 632
Fax: 01874 254 622

19 December 2014: 9408YC.xls - Current Virus total detections: 0/53* 0/55** 0/53***
... The basic rule is NEVER open any attachment to an email, unless you are expecting it..."
* https://www.virustot...sis/1418987287/

** https://www.virustot...sis/1418987903/

*** https://www.virustot...sis/1418987497/

- http://blog.dynamoo....ef901109rw.html
19 Dec 2014
> https://www.virustot...sis/1418994768/
"... UPDATE: A further version of this is doing the rounds with an attachment which also has zero detections at VirusTotal*..."
* https://www.virustot...sis/1418994768/
... Behavioural information
TCP connections https://www.virustot....1/information/

- http://blog.dynamoo....ction-case.html
19 Dec 2014 - "This -fake- ACH spam leads to malware:
    Date:    19 December 2014 at 16:06
    Subject:    Blocked Transaction. Case No 970332
    The Automated Clearing House transaction (ID: 732021371), recently initiated from your online banking account, was rejected by the other financial institution.
    Canceled ACH transaction
    ACH file Case ID     083520
    Transaction Amount     1458.42 USD
    Sender e-mail     info@victimdomain
    Reason of Termination     See attached statement
  Please open the word file enclosed with this email to get more info about this issue.

In the sample I have seen, the attachment is ACH transfer 1336.doc which despite the name is actually a .DOCX file, which has a VirusTotal dectection rate of 4/54*. Inside are a series of images detailing how to turn off macro security.. which is a very -bad- idea.
1] https://1.bp.blogspo...1600/image3.png

2] https://2.bp.blogspo...1600/image4.png

3] https://1.bp.blogspo...1600/image5.png

4] https://4.bp.blogspo...1600/image6.png

If you enable macros, then this macro... will run which will download a malicious binary from http ://nikolesy .com/tmp/ten.exe, this has a VirusTotal detection rate of 8/51** as is identified as the Dridex banking trojan."
* https://www.virustot...sis/1419014981/

** https://www.virustot...sis/1419015141/

Fake 'my-fax' SPAM
- http://blog.dynamoo....ymy-faxcom.html
19 Dec 2014 - "This -fake- fax spam leads to malware:
    From:    Fax [no-replay@ my-fax .com]
    Date:    19 December 2014 at 15:37
    Subject:    Employee Documents - Internal Use
    DOCUMENT NOTIFICATION, Powered by NetDocuments
    DOCUMENT NAME: Fax Documents
    DOCUMENT LINK: http ://crematori .org/myfax/company.html
    Documents are encrypted in transit and store in a secure repository...

... Clicking the link downloads a file fax8127480_924_pdf.zip which in turn contains a malicious executable fax8127480_924.exe which has a VirusTotal detection rate of 3/55*. Most automated analysis tools are inconclusive... but the VT report shows network connections to the following locations:
http ://
http ://
http ://natural-anxiety-remedies .com/wp-includes/images/wlw/pack22.pne
Recommended blocklist:
natural-anxiety-remedies .com
* https://www.virustot...sis/1419003908/ https://www.virustot...33/information/

Fake 'Target Order Confirmation' - malware SPAM
- http://www.hoax-slay...n-malware.shtml
Dec 19, 2014 - "Order confirmation email purporting to be from Target claims that the company's online store has an order addressed to you... The email is -not- from Target. The link in the message opens a compromised website that contains malware. The Target version is just one in a series of similar malware messages that have falsely claimed to be from well-known stores, including Walmart, Costco and Wallgreens...
> http://www.hoax-slay...n-malware-1.jpg
If you use a non-Windows operating system, you may see a message claiming that the download is not compatible with your computer. If you are using one of the targeted operating systems, the malicious file may start downloading automatically. Alternatively, a message on the website may instruct you to click a link to download the file. Typically, the download will be a .zip file that hides a .exe file inside. Opening the .exe file will install the malware. The malware payload used in these campaigns can vary. But, typically, the malware can steal personal information from your computer and relay it to online scammers. The malware in this version is designed to add your computer to the infamous Asprox Botnet... This email is just one in a continuing series of malware messages that claim to be from various high profile stores, including Costco, Walmart and Wallgreens. Other versions list order or transaction details, but do not name any particular store. Again, links in the messages lead to malware websites. In some cases, the malware is contained in an attached file. If you receive one of these -bogus- emails, do -not- click any links or open any attachments..."

Walgreens Order Spam
- http://threattrack.t...eens-order-spam
Dec 19, 2014 - "Subjects Seen:
    Order Status
Typical e-mail details:
    E-shop Walgreens has received an order addressed to you which has to be confirmed by the recipient within 4 days. Upon confirmation you may pick it in any nearest store of Walgreens.
    Detailed order information is provided here.

Malicious URLs:
    rugby-game .com/search.php?w=ZT5EpruzameN92MeSlvI09DbnfrIhx1yqu3wrootEpM=
Malicious File Name and MD5:
    Walgreens_OrderID-543759.exe (39CEBF3F19AF4C4F17CA5D8EFB940CB6)

Screenshot: https://gs1.wac.edge...U7f51r6pupn.png

Tagged: Walgreens, Kuluoz

Ars was briefly hacked yesterday; here’s what we know
If you have an account on Ars Technica, please change your password today..
- http://arstechnica.c...s-what-we-know/
Dec 16 2014 - "At 20:00 CT on December 14, an Internet intruder gained access to one of the Ars Web servers and spent the next hour attempting to get from the Web server to a more central machine. At 20:52, the attempt was successful thanks to information gleaned from a poorly located backup file. The next day, at 14:13, the hacker returned to the central server and replaced the main Ars webpage with a defacement page that streamed a song from the band Dual Core... "All the Things"... by 14:29, our technical team had removed the defaced page and restored normal Ars operations. We spent the afternoon changing all internal passwords and certificates and hardening server security even further. Log files show the hacker's movements through our servers and suggest that he or she had the opportunity to copy the user database. This database contains no payment information on Ars subscribers, but it does contain user e-mail addresses and passwords. Those passwords, however, are stored in hashed form (using 2,048 iterations of the MD5 algorithm and salted with a random series of characters). Out of an excess of caution, we strongly encourage all Ars readers - especially any who have reused their Ars passwords on other, more sensitive sites - to change their passwords today. We are continuing with a full autopsy of the hack and will provide updates if anything new comes to light..."

:ph34r: :ph34r:  <_<

Edited by AplusWebMaster, Yesterday, 04:32 PM.

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