This morning, on October 17th, GreatHorn’s threat response team identified an active, widespread phishing campaign using a range of impersonation techniques to deliver a “voicemail” alert to customers, linking to what appears to be a Verizon-branded PDF, hosted in either SharePoint or on free PDF hosting sites, containing links to credential theft attacks. Currently, the attack appears to be primarily hitting Office 365 customers, targeting multiple users within an organization, and has been found present across multiple industries and organization sizes, using different combinations of sender and subject lines.
Although we currently have only identified it in O365 environments, there is nothing to prevent this scheme from propagating to G Suite and other environments.
The GreatHorn security team is currently monitoring this attack and providing automated support to clients.
Currently, here is what we know about this attack:
- The initial point of infection is via a phishing email from senders “[email protected]” and “[email protected]”. The email takes a number of different forms, including the example on the right, and includes a link to a PDF that is currently being hosted on multiple compromised Sharepoint file hosting sites, as well as on free PDF hosting websites such as freepdfhosting.com.
- The destination of the supposed voicemail link is a PDF, branded as a Verizon document, containing a second step URL that leads to a credential theft site designed to look like an Office 365 login:
Our specific recommendations:
- All customers of GreatHorn Email Security will find new policies in place in their GreatHorn Dashboard that will stop this attack by moving mail matching these patterns to Danger-phishing.
We are continuing to monitor for evidence of this attack, and will provide additional information and remediation support as our investigation continues.
As of October 17 at 11:51am EDT, neither the documents, the URLs where they’re hosted, nor the credential theft links themselves are being flagged by threat intelligence blacklists. While threat intelligence is an important part of any email security strategy, they are often ineffective at protecting against zero-day threats and phishing attacks.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the GreatHorn team at [email protected].
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