Mauricio Tavares (Main Phish)
Mauricio Tavares (Main Phish)
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A while ago we praised a phisher who had some pride on his profession. Those are a rare breed; most of them are lazy, unmotivated, non-creative types who only care about meeting their quotas. You probably have met them at work, at the department of motor vehicles, or tax services: they are they type of people who would deflate a balloon by just walking into the room. Unfortunately today’s example belongs to this mediocre majority:

Mediocre phishing email with payload

Text version:

Date: Jan 24, 2023, 10:29
To: Clueless Phish
Attachment: pdfFiles_DIGIB1LL4257.pdf
Subject: DIGI-B1LL#1111 #QKCS13669476 of renewal

    Dear customer,
    Thanks for your renewal with us, your product has been updated,
    79268154 (invoiceID)

    Thank you
    Team Bills

It is really hard to comment on this email because it screams phishing, and not in a good way:

  • I know that the email addresses used by the attackers are throwaway ones, but couldn’t they bother to disguise it a bit?
  • Team Bills? I know they meant “Billing Team” and probably are not English speakers, but this feels like they translated one word at a time and hoped for the best. Searching online would have solved this.
  • Yes, it has the old malware-in-attachment technique, whose filename does not match the subject (both mention a “DIGIBILL” with distinct numbers)
  • Was my mything product updated or renewed? Or perhaps took off in a flying saucer? Get your story right, dude!

I really want to find this phisher and shout “what is wrong with you?” Is this guy a contractor found at elancer or full time worker? What kind of training is his manager providing?