Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Account Payment Information Email Messages on November 24, 2013

2013-11-25T15:31:29
ID CISCO-THREAT-31882
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2013-11-25T15:31:29

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

31882

First Published:

2013 November 25 15:31 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain payment advice 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 (RuleID8008) may contain the following files:

> pi.zip
pi.exe

The pi.exe file in the pi.zip attachment has a file size of 1,278,874 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x5C7E477AF6C6E99E74BF7C67AEA2DACF

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

> Subject: Payment Advice - Advice Ref:[G59192415328] / Priority payment / Customer Ref:[39534S200X6I]

Message Body:

Dear Sir/Madam,
The attached payment advice is issued at the request of our customer. The advice is for your reference only.
Please download and open the document.
Yours faithfully,
Global Payments and Cash Management
HSBC

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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Revision History

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