Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Photo Sharing Email Messages on November 11, 2013

2013-11-11T20:03:15
ID CISCO-THREAT-31713
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-11-11T20:03:15

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

31713

First Published:

2013 November 11 20:03 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to Italian-language spam email messages that claim to contain a photo for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view the photo. 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 (RuleID7805) may contain the following files:

> Vespa 50 special.rar
Foto 12345.exe

The Foto 12345.exe file in the Vespa 50 special.rar attachment has a file size of 2,770,420 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xDCB41642E0F795F78B9C69EB181DCC9A

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

> Message Body:

ciao ecco le foto sè interessato ricontattami per 250 la cedo ma ritiro entro
fine settimana

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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