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A Russian Spearphishing Domain Is Now Hosted in New York City

Central to the Mueller indictment is attribution to Russia of a spearphishing campaign from domains then located in Romania. It is therefore more than a little surprising that one of these spearphishing domains is not only still in operation in May 2018, but hosted in New York City.

The first article linking the DNC hack to APT28 spearphishing by SecureWorks (here) in June 2016. Secureworks had been tracking APT28 spearphishing for some time through their bitly links. They provided two examples linking respectively to the malicious domains: accounts-google[.com and googlesetting[.com. I’ve looked at both, but will discuss only the latter in this note. These domains were previously discussed at CA here.

The SecureWorks article showed the following syntax for the hyperlink to googlesetting[.com.

The string ZGlm… expresses the target email (difeitalia.canberra[@]gmail.com) in base64 (see https://www.base64decode.org for conversions). According to public IP records, on April 29, 2015 (the relevant date), googlesetting[.]com resolved to 37.221.165.244, an IP address in Romania.  The domain is associated with APT28 by, inter alia, its registrant: Andre Roy, email address ///,:  a registrant discussed at CA here. In early 2015, the domain also sometimes resolved to a US IP address (173.194.121.36).

The googlesetting[.]com domain had quite a few contemporary attestations, in particular, inquiries to phishtank by Ukrainian activists associated with Informnapalm. The earliest attestation that I’ve located occurred on 2014-07-23 in a phishing email to anna.prokaeva[@]gmail.com): see below. At the time, the domain similarly resolved to IP address 37.221.165.244 in Romania:

On 2018-05-26, a spearphishing email with IDENTICAL syntax to the 2014 spearphishing email was reported by Virus Total: see below.  The target (omaralshater[@]gmail.com). is, of course, different.


In late May 2018, the domain resolved to IP address  199.59.242.150, hosted by Bodis LLC in New York City: see here; here.

What does this mean? Dunno. But it sure seems odd to see the re-appearance in 2018 of a domain characteristic of the APT28 spearphishing campaign, this time in New York City.

Update (July 20): A commenter observed that Bodis LLC parks hundreds of thousands of unused domains, so the appearance of this domain in May 2018 doesn’t, in itself, mean anything. Thinking further on other possibilities, it seems possible that someone, in the course of re-investigating spearphishing events, might have done a search at VirusTotal or other anti-virus service on a string from a 2015 phishing attempt. If such a search was done in May 2018, Virus Total would only know the date of the inquiry, not the date of the phishing attempt. At the end of the day, there doesn’t seem to be anything here. I don’t wish to contribute to any additional inaccuracy on this murky topic and will consider deleting this post.

Source: 
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