Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Purchase Order Inquiry Email Messages on November 4, 2013

2013-11-05T19:21:30
ID CISCO-THREAT-31641
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-11-05T19:21:30

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

31641

First Published:

2013 November 5 19:21 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a purchase order inquiry for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for 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 (RuleID7720) may contain the following files:

>
PO (1).zip
PO,pdf.exe

The PO,pdf.exe file in the PO (1).zip attachment has a file size of 614,400 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x82C1C35BC73E60B4E03671ABB078D74F

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

>
Subject: Purchase Inquiry

Message Body:

Hello friend
Please view the order inquiry/Specification of the product we want your company to supply to us in the attachment and get back to us with your terms and conditions of business as our own is outlined in the attachment too. Sincerely hope you can give us exactly the outlined specifications. Hope to hear from you soon. (Note: We need the product as soon as possible as we have high demand and we are out of stuck now,our Shipping Port is Humber SEA PORT london UK)
Yours faithfully
Mr. Dave Mukherjee
(Artison Investments Ltd)
Address: 788, Finchley Road, London, London,
UKZip/Postal: NW11 7TJ
Telephone: 44-0-7909288656 Fax : 44-0-2089055593

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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