Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Award Notification Email Messages on October 7, 2013


Medium Alert ID: 31167 First Published: 2013 October 8 14:12 GMT Version: 1 ## Summary * Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain an award 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 _.scr_ file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code. Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID7352) may contain the following files: > _Winning Code.zip Winning Code.scr_ The _Winning Code.scr_ file in the _Winning Code.zip_ attachment has a file size of 931,498 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x78CAABFBEA651C65CDBE68971B52D02E The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak: > Subject: **Notification** Message Body: **Dear Winner, End of year promotion,see attached document for details. Regards, John Holmes** 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. **Related Links** [Cisco Security](<http://www.cisco.com/security>) [Cisco SenderBase Security Network](<http://www.senderbase.org/>) ## Revision History * Version | Description | Section | Date ---|---|---|--- 1 | Initial Release | | 2013-October-08 14:12 GMT Show Less * * * ## Legal Disclaimer * THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" BASIS AND DOES NOT IMPLY ANY KIND OF GUARANTEE OR WARRANTY, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE. YOUR USE OF THE INFORMATION ON THE DOCUMENT OR MATERIALS LINKED FROM THE DOCUMENT IS AT YOUR OWN RISK. CISCO RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE OR UPDATE ALERTS AT ANY TIME. A standalone copy or paraphrase of the text of this document that omits the distribution URL is an uncontrolled copy and may lack important information or contain factual errors. The information in this document is intended for end users of Cisco products