Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Purchase Request Email Messages on July 15, 2013

2013-07-16T14:10:52
ID CISCO-THREAT-30100
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-07-16T14:10:52

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

30100

First Published:

2013 July 16 14:10 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a product purchase order request 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 .scr file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID6605) may contain the following files:

> Orders.pdf.zip
PO.exe

The PO.exe file in the Orders.pdf.zip attachment has a file size of 242,176 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xE2AAC117BC2D59EAB8BB3BA75D557CCE

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

> Message Body:

Hello,
My name is John Vinters and I am the purchasing officer for Aracom Business Group with head office based in the U.S.A. We got your contact and recommendation from one of your old customers and We would like to place a large order for your products for our next trading year.
Please, find attached our order list, 3D pictures and drawings for your review. Kindly quote your best prices for each products in the list. You are to quote FOB and payment terms as well.
Kind regards,
John Vinters

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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