Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Payment Notification Email Messages on August 9, 2013

2013-08-12T16:28:56
ID CISCO-THREAT-30381
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-08-12T16:28:56

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

30381

First Published:

2013 August 12 16:28 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a payment notification attachment for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment and view the payment 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 (RuleID6803) may contain the following files:

> Lloyds message service - debit posted.zip
Lloyds message service - debit posted.exe

The Lloyds message service - debit posted.exe file in the Lloyds message service - debit posted.zip attachment has a file size of 118,272 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x4DF49D7A29F2BC6FDEECFA711B36D6A7

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

> Subject: You have received a new debit > > Message Body: > > Friday 09 August 2013
This is an automatically generated email by the Lloyds TSB PLC LloydsLink online payments Service to inform you that you have receive a NEW Payment.
The details of the payment are attached.
This e-mail (including any attachments) is private and confidential and may contain privileged material. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and delete it (including any attachments) immediately. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or use any of the information in it or any attachments.

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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