The ISC handlers email distro gets plenty of spam and phishing emails on a daily basis. Most of these are filtered so they never make it to the inbox; however, every once in a while one gets through.
Today’s diary reviews an example of a phishing email from our inbox on Tuesday 2021-02-09.
Shown above: Email headers from the phishing message.
As shown in the previous image, the sending address had been spoofed to look like it came from [email protected]. But the message actually came to our mail server from 165.232.128[.]118. That much we can confirm, because it was the most recent Received: from line before it hit our mail server. Anything else can be spoofed. Based on the only other Received: from line, this message might have originated from 69.12.85[.]209, but that line could have been added to confuse analysts.
Shown above: Screenshot of the phishing messaged when viewed in the Thunderbird email client.
The phishing message has a URL to hxxps://soberlab[.]ca/sl.html?email=[phishing recipient’s email address]. The domain oberlab[.]ca seems like it is hosting a legitimate website, and that legitimate website may have been compromised to host the phishing URL.
Shown above: Opening link from the phishing message in a web browser.
Shown above: Traffic from viewing the email link filtered in Wireshark.
The HTTPS link from the email redirects to a phishing page at hxxp://aromatee[.]com[.]au/inc/mail.php. Like the previous URL, this one looks like it’s hosted on a legitimate domain using a server that’s been compromised to host a phishing URL. I entered a fake password, and the data was sent over HTTP back to the server.
Shown above: HTTP POST request with the fake password I entered.
These types of emails are all too common, and they’re remarkably cost-effective. While most of you wouldn’t fall for it, people are fooled by similar messages. Therefore, phishing will remain a viable social engineering technique.
A sanitized version of the email shown in this diary, along with a pcap of traffic to the associated phishing page, can be found here.
brad [at] malware-traffic-analysis.net
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