Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Court Notice Email Messages on January 17, 2014

2014-01-17T19:11:03
ID CISCO-THREAT-32478
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-01-17T19:11:03

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32478

First Published:

2014 January 17 19:11 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a notification to attend a court hearing for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for review 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 (RuleID8513) may contain the following files:

> Plaint_Note_US_Copy_N0612.zip
Plaint_Note_17_01_2014US_Copy_Document.exe

The Plaint_Note_17_01_2014US_Copy_Document.exe file in the Plaint_Note_US_Copy_N0612.zip attachment has a file size of 183,808 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x853F7E38E2D02BD4B5104BA9D3CA1526

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

> Subject: Illegal software use No0213

Message Body:

Court hearing notice.
As a defendant you have been scheduled
to attend the hearing in the Court of New York.
Hearing date: 28 January 2014
Hearing time: 9:00 a.m.
Hearing subject: illegal use of software.
Prior to the court thoroughly study the plaint note in the attachment to this mail.
Sincerely,
Court agent,
Amelia Smith

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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