Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Order Request Notification Email Messages on September 30, 2013

2013-09-30T16:06:17
ID CISCO-THREAT-31031
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-09-30T16:06:17

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

31031

First Published:

2013 September 30 16:06 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a product order request for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view the specification and quantity requirements. 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 (RuleID7229 and RuleID7229KVR) may contain the following files:

> new product specification.zip
new product specification.scr

New product specification.zip
New product specification.scr

The new product specification.scr file in the new product specification.zip attachment has a file size of 246,784 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x4098862A60651CA6C1D2E67173C24C76

The New product specification.scr file in the New product specification.zip attachment has a file size of 855,719 bytes. The MD5 checksum is the following string: 0x5B4A3AE375385B0C01E4C6D3CDFC4E8A

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

> Message Body:

Good day Sir/Madam,
I am Adel from Fawaz Alhoakir Group Company. We will like to order a
handful quantity of your product. Find attached is the product
specification and quantity required for initial purchase.
We await prompt response, while looking forward to do business with you.
Best wishes,
Mr. Adel Al Othaim
Fawaz Alhoakir Group Company
P.O. Box 639
Riyadh-11411
Saudi-arabia
Email: fawzalhokair1@live.com

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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