Researching information on a phishing attack that we are experiencing

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Researching information on a phishing attack that we are experiencing

I thought I would reach out and see if the team at Palo Alto or the user community could shed some light on this one.  We are experiencing a phishing attack on random workstations (luckily only 5 at the moment) hyjacking Outlook to send out Document Download links to people in an address book.  We have not yet discovered the payload or how it is getting into the building, but in our research it appears to destroy itself upon completion but leaves behind many Outlook rules.  These look at typical responses such as "how do I open the document."  It will then send a response back to the end user stating to click on the link and enter your email credentials.  Users are falling for it thinking it is from the legit person.  We have written custom signatures to stop the HTML pages to harvest the credentials, but curious if others have seen this?  I have attached some screenshots of what is sent and users see.  Thanks in advance for any help!

 

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Re: Researching information on a phishing attack that we are experiencing

I've actually seen this a fair bit recently. If it gets in there isn't much that you can do, and we found that it was usually something that the user had recieved and ran from Outlook itself. Sadly once it's in its pretty ingenious as it actually sets things up as rules sends out one blast and deletes itself. The rules are created by the virus and are used to filter responses to attempt to make it harder to actually  identify quickly what is actually going on. 

 

I'd be interested in hearing if more people are seeing this as well. 

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Re: Researching information on a phishing attack that we are experiencing

Some more information from my team shows that it does delete itself.  Running a scan with Kaspersky, BitDefender, Windows Defender, McAfee, and Malware Bytes show no trace.  The only evidence we have are rules lingering in Outlook that perform these auto responses.  The malware does not seem to trigger when clicking on the phishing links.  These only lauch the HTTP pages who's patterns we are blocking.  All I can think of at this time would be a EXE coming into email which we block or a malicious document.  What are others seeing?

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