Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Court Documents Email Messages on December 31, 2013

2014-01-03T15:07:45
ID CISCO-THREAT-32304
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-01-03T15:07:45

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32304

First Published:

2014 January 3 15:07 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a court appearance notice for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to download a copy of the court notice document. 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 (RuleID8354) may contain the following files:

> Court_Notice_Latham_and_WatkinsNY38336.zip
Court_Notice_Latham_and_Watkins
NY.exe

The Court_Notice_Latham_and_WatkinsNY.exe_ file in the _Court_Notice_Latham_and_WatkinsNY38336.zip attachment has a file size of 123,392 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xB9392271A837E8E49CCFF0F01E045DF8

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

> Subject: Hearing of your case in Court No#2723

Message Body:

Notice of appearance,
Der`fy you are informed that you are due in the court of New York
on the 11 of January, 2014 at 09:00 am for the hearing of your case.
You are kindly asked to prepare and bring the documents relating to the case to Court on the specified date.
Please, download the copy of the court notice attached herewith to read the details.
Note: The case may be heard by the judge in your absence if you do not come.
Yours truly,
Smith Carter
Clerk to the Court.

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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