Heres one thats making the rounds over the last few days and showed upin my SPAM folderwith a helpful attachment. I'm one of those weird people who look to explore the depths of said SPAM folder to see what fun I might find therein.
As an example:
From: United States Postal Service [email protected]
Subject: USPS Delivery Failure Notification
Unfortunately we failed to deliver the postal package you have sent on theblah, blah, blah.
The attachment is USPS report.pdf.zip and once unpacked yields USPS report.pdf.exe (MD5: 1fd6c3470b81f278572a27a1bf34cdf2)
A hash search finds this sample already submitted to ThreatExpert and VirusTotal yielding results that refer to theGamarue you may have seen similar with regard to ACH or Federal Reserve SPAM.
Data from the Microsoft Malware Protection Center shows a steady level of activity for the family overall and indications of this sample as new variant in the last couple of days (per the hash).
This particular sample, as is consistent with other Gamarue samples, modifies HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer\Run and injects itself into wuauclt.exe.
These little exercises are always an opportunity to run output though some of my favorite tools (unabashed tool geek).
I ran the PCAP acquired during runtime through NetworkMiner 1.2 which reassembled the following malware downloaded when it phoned home to 18.104.22.168 (htobertur.ru):
Trojan:Win32/FakeSysdef (MD5: 8ae00c31b5546ee5a1b107c997171bde)
Trojan.Win32.Scar.fevl (MD5: d476533ea0aacb8244dfe0f5e65862a9)
A quick review of the Romanian ASN (AS43215 Monyson Grup S.A.) for the above mentioned IP address shows a tendency towards association with the likes of Blackhole (as referred to in Pedros diary), fake AV, pharma SPAM, Zeus, SpyEye, and other instruments of ne'er do wells and malcontents. Zoinks!
A quick Maltego run on Monyson Grup S.A. as a phrase entity proves this out.
As a friend commented with both humor and sincerity: stay out of that neighborhood.
And they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids
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