Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Payment Deposit Notification Email Messages on November 1, 2013

2013-11-04T14:50:34
ID CISCO-THREAT-31599
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-11-04T14:50:34

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

31599

First Published:

2013 November 4 14:50 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a payment notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to persuade the recipient to download the attachment for details. However, the .rar 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 (RuleID7689) may contain the following files:

> Payment Notification Slip.JPG.rar
payment slip.exe

The payment slip.exe file in the Payment Notification Slip.JPG.rar attachment has a file size of 441,344 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xEE9AA61633A485D8BDE1A633BD4BE92C

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

> Subject: RE: PAYMENT ADVICE

Message Body:

Dear Sir/Madam,
We have been inform to credit your account by our bank with the sum of $30,000.00 (Thirty Thousand United State Dollars Only), kindly download the payment advice notification attachment, read carefully and respond back to us with details requested.
Looking forward to your email.
Thanks
Mr. Eric Albert
Citibank -USA.
Contact Head Office Address :
U.S. Service Center Citi Inquiries
100 Citibank Drive P.O. Box 769004.
San Antonio, TX 78245

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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