Spear Phishing Handlers for Username/Password

Published: 2023-02-18
Last Updated: 2023-02-18 19:21:22 UTC
by Guy Bruneau (Version: 1)
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Reviewing my ISC mail inbox, I noticed that I had been receiving multiple phishing email that were very similar. Putting my cursor over each embedded pictures, I noticed the domain involved was the same for all of them. I copied the URL and started checking around for known threat intel on ipfs[.]io against various sites and found on urlscan.io [1], there was over 10000+ samples listed.

All these emails are asking the recipient to login to capture email address and password and the entries are Secured by Norton! 

First Email (Received 2 copies with the same URL)

Second Email

Third Email




Final Word

Last, a blog post by Lance Spitzner published on the 13 Feb 2023 about "Phishing - It's No Longer About Malware (or Even Email)" [5] highlight some of the changes on the phishing goals and some of the common indicators worth reading including two indicators are no longer recommended: misspellings and hovering of the link "except for highly technical audiences. One problem with this method is that you have to teach people how to decode a URL, which can be a confusing, time consuming, and technical skill."[5

[1] https://urlscan.io/search/#page.domain%3Aipfs.io
[2] https://www.virustotal.com/gui/url/2c8a881b916d2396ff68ed18c41a6b8a13ba8e869de65d87a23b869a95fd0c63?nocache=1
[3] https://www.virustotal.com/gui/domain/ipfs.io/detection
[4] https://cybergordon.com/result.html?id=12ef23f1-a775-4619-81ec-c7aaaae7e4a4
[5] https://www.sans.org/blog/phishing-its-no-longer-about-malware-or-even-email/

Guy Bruneau IPSS Inc.
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