Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Business Deal Email Messages on October 23, 2013


Medium Alert ID: 31436 First Published: 2013 October 23 13:36 GMT Version: 1 ## Summary * Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a business deal 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 (RuleID7571) may contain the following files: > _Catalog.zip Catalog.exe_ The _Catalog.exe_ file in the _Catalog.zip_ attachment has a file size of 981,589 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x2C78BCDD4DE70EC2DF3AC6FAC676B7B7 The following text is a sample of the email message that is associated with this threat outbreak: > Message Body: **Dear Sir, I am doing business advisor here in China and the whole world. I can help you do China business and business outside China. I hope to become your business partner and i get paid in commission of any sales you made through me. I provide you the followed service: (1). If you are buying or selling in China: I can provide you China's market research. I can find real manufacturer,supplier or buyer for you. I can help you supervise production and shipment. (2).If you are selling to cusomers outside China: I can provide you world market research. I can find customers information for your products. I can connect you with the buyers or sellers of your product. I can contact the buyer or seller as your agent, trading company , supplier or as your employees to conclude your deal. All the payment will be made through you before you start production and after the whole business,you pay me my commission. Waiting for your any news. Attached are some of the things i will introduce to your company and believe me that your busines turnover will change atleast in 2 months from today. B.Regards Shirly (Mr.) Huicheng Industry Group Limited.** 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-23 13:36 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