Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Photo Email Messages on November 18, 2013

2013-07-15T12:49:18
ID CISCO-THREAT-30072
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-11-18T22:45:39

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

30072

First Published:

2013 July 15 12:49 GMT

Last Updated:

2013 November 18 22:45 GMT

Version:

5

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a personal photo for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the photo. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .scr file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID6567, RuleID6567KVR and RuleID6579) may contain the following files:

> PHOTO29.zip
PHOTO29.scr
Order List.rar
Order List.exe

image01.zip
image01.scr
UAE Xchange
Telegraphic Transfer.zip
Details.zip
HSBC_Telegraphic Transfer.zip
image01.scr
_

The PHOTO29.scr file in the PHOTO29.zip attachment has a file size of 153,088 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xD97C14035D28037A4A6D4DD1FBA0E0B0

The Order List.exe file in the Order List.rar attachment has a file size of 315,904 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0x1CC153E9A9962EBAFDA006E297AA89A5

The image01.scr file in the image01.zip attachment has a file size of 823,808 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0xC4E5A120CC97C8E16838CC910B8D06F5

A variant of the image01.scr file in the UAE Xchange Telegraphic Transfer.zip_ attachment has a file size of 823,808 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0xE157C6D98A6535B03685D1AD4969A2AE

A third variant of the image01.scr file in the Details.zip attachment has a file size of 823,808 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0x59802C735F7B2ADDD7A8EF01E3AB7EC7

The image01.scr file in the HSBC_Telegraphic Transfer.zip attachment has a file size of 922,112 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0xC3D2D817242338D7F9E4A19CBEEFD2EF

The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak:

> Message Body:

I am Katerina. I am from Ukraine. I would like to know you .
If you prefer, you can write me. I will send you a lot of my pictures)))
I'll wait for your reply. Hope to get your letter soon. I look forward to
hug you:).
bye

Or

> Subject: Re:0rder#678(payment/transfer). Please confirm

Message Body:

Dear Sirs,
Please be informed that transfer would be done in the next 48 working hours to the banking details contained in the attachment.
We advise that you view attachment and verify thoroughly to correct any error in bank details received from your company. We have received the last container and we consider doing more business in the future with you.
Sincerely,
Barr.K. Hussein
Ahmad Holdings Int.

Or

> Subject: FW: Payment Advice - Advice Ref:[GA1192366066] / Priority payment / Customer Ref:[LTR-HB304832-BHA].

Message Body:

**Dear Sir/Madam,
The attached payment advice is issued at the request of our customer. The advice is for your reference only.
Yours faithfully,
Global Payments and Cash Management
HSBC


This is an auto-generated email, please DO NOT REPLY. Any replies to this
email will be disregarded.


Security tips
1. Install virus detection software and personal firewall on your computer. This software needs to be updated regularly to ensure you have the latest protection.
2. To prevent viruses or other unwanted problems, do not open attachments from unknown or non-trustworthy sources.
3. If you discover any unusual activity, please contact the remitter of this payment as soon as possible.



This e-mail is confidential. It may also be legally privileged.
If you are not the addressee you may not copy, forward, disclose
or use any part of it. If you have received this message in error,
please delete it and all copies from your system and notify the
sender immediately by return e-mail.
Internet communications cannot be guaranteed to be timely,
secure, error or virus-free. The sender does not accept liability
for any errors or omissions.


"SAVE PAPER - THINK BEFORE YOU PRINT!"**


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Cisco Security analysts examine real-world email traffic data that is collected from over 100,000 contributing organizations worldwide. This data helps provide a range of information about and analysis of global email security threats and trends. Cisco will continue to monitor this threat and automatically adapt systems to protect customers. This report will be updated if there are significant changes or if the risk to end users increases.

Cisco security appliances protect customers during the critical period between the first exploit of a virus outbreak and the release of vendor antivirus signatures. Email that is managed by Cisco and end users who are protected by Cisco Web Security Appliances will not be impacted by these attacks. Cisco security appliances are automatically updated to prevent both spam email and hostile web URLs from being passed to the end user.

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Revision History

  • Version | Description | Section | Date
    ---|---|---|---
    5 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on November 18, 2013. | | 2013-November-18 22:45 GMT
    4 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on October 1, 2013. | | 2013-October-02 21:34 GMT
    3 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on September 30, 2013. | | 2013-September-30 17:39 GMT
    2 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on September 29, 2013. | | 2013-September-30 12:48 GMT
    1 | Cisco Security has detected significant activity on July 12, 2013.

| | 2013-July-15 12:49 GMT
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