Phishing Email Alerts
Catch of the Day: Password Protection Phish
Chef’s Special: Last Warning Phish
Examples of clever phish that made it past my spam filters and into my Inbox, or from clients, or reliable sources on the Internet.
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Password Protection Phish
I receive this last Friday, and it appears to be from my web and email hosting company. But the sender address originated in France.
Here is a look at the email headers shows that this email originated in Paris France, and the domain is from Nantes University
The Protect and Secure Account button resolves to https://email@example.com. We see a pretty straightforward email credential capture form,
My attempt to authenticate using bullshit as my password failed, but of course the information was instantly relayed to the attacker.
The touchwand.com domain resolved to the home page of an Israeli IoT home automation company, with offices in France. There are a lot of connections to French organizations in this exploit. The email is coming from a host in Paris, but everything else seems to be in Nantes. It would appear that someone was able to hijack both the email and web server used in this exploit. My guess is that a student at Nantes University who may also work at TouchWand is behind this particular exploit. Some kids get student loans, and some go into cybercrime to fund their education.
Last Warning Phish
This one also arrived last Friday, and also appeared to be from my email host. The from line was spoofed.
The Internet headers showed this was sent from Osaka, Japan.
The View Message button resolved to https://imminent-kiwi-quince.glitch.me/?tzMRftOtzMebGCxQVlfPomRIqrZtBWgXGEZadYPCHEAQtsdtus&email=#WW05aVFIZDVlbWQxZVhNdVkyOXQ= Glitch.me has shown up as a resource in several recent phishing exploits. They appear to be a legitimate site for application developers and coders to use to write applications. Looking at the error page, it would appear that this exploit was taken down before I could get to it, so we really don’t know what the objective of the attacker was. At least Glitch appears to be doing a reasonable job taking down these sorts of exploits.
T-Mobile Survey Phish
I seen these before, too. The email seems to be from T-Mobile but the email address firstname.lastname@example.org seems wrong or at least suspicious.
The link resolved to http://www.nlnetwork.xyz/perceptively-assaulted/cf66ll2V395op86N10Fgc9cS2a3r14LFsFf68.GsEGsi6fdFSKQ7Exxy1v06XNAjwD and was redirected to https://listcenters.com/vipogu/mituda/tocese/index.php Clicking on the link brought me to a “survey” page that asked me 5 pretty worthless questions, from a marketing perspective. The spooky part of this URL is the phrase perceptively-assaulted. Think about it.
When I finished the survey, I was offered the choice of several high-end toys. So I picked the dash cam. I only have to pay shipping and handling!
The next page is collecting a lot of personal information (PII) and credit card information (PCI).
Had I followed through, I am certain that the first in several spurious charges would be for the dash cam. These items typically never arrive, but you will need to cancel and replace your credit card. The other personal information will have flown, where it will be sold over and over again to other scammers like this one.
T-Mobile Redux Phish
And here is a slightly different twist, The link resolved to http://www.nscity.click/31d5F2D395v8U6k12ocdZP9ZY2b2_14eFsFf68.GsEGsi6Qd.enm5Kq10F5zywUD/skirted-plied and then redirected to https://registermix.ru/yucema/ho/belu/index.php, which is a Russian we site,
Sometimes we receive phishing tricks that we grudgingly have to admit are better than average, just because they’re uncomplicated. More…