Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Bank Payment Processing Error Notification Email Messages on July 15, 2013

2013-07-15T19:51:17
ID CISCO-THREAT-30090
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-07-15T19:51:17

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

30090

First Published:

2013 July 15 19:51 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

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

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID6593) may contain the following files:

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HSBC_Payment_07152013.zip
HSBC_Payment_07152013.exe

The HSBC_Payment_07152013.exe file in the HSBC_Payment_07152013.zip attachment has a file size of 117,248 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xA467BAA1CF081CE1D9F2D163A4677594

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

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Subject: Unable to process your most recent Payment

Message Body:

HSBC Logo
You have a new e-Message from HSBC.co.uk
This e-mail has been sent to you to inform you that we were unable to process your most recent payment.
Please check attached file for more detailed information on this transaction.
Pay To Account Number: *
17
Due Date: 01/06/2013
Amount Due: $ 587.53
IMPORTANT: The actual delivery date may vary from the Delivery by date estimate. Please make sure that there are sufficient available funds in your account to cover your payment
beginning a few days before Delivery By date estimate and keep such funds available until the payment is deducted from your account.
If we fail to process a payment in accordance with your properly completed instructions, we will reimburse you any late-payment-related fees.
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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

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    1 | Initial Release | | 2013-July-15 19:51 GMT
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