Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Account Payment Notification Email Messages on January 22, 2014

2014-01-22T18:33:31
ID CISCO-THREAT-32522
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-01-22T18:33:31

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32522

First Published:

2014 January 22 18:33 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a bank transaction notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view the receipt. 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 (RuleID8574) may contain the following files:

> Payment receipt 66165.zip
Payment receipt 61665.exe

The Payment receipt 61665.exe file in the Payment receipt 66165.zip attachment has a file size of 110,592 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xB149D2A2D6E065113915E2A13766C16A

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

> Subject: Barclays transaction notification #622830

Message Body:

Transaction details
Transaction is completed. £7977 has been successfully transfered.
If the transaction was made by mistake please contact our customer service.
Receipt on payment is attached.
Barclays is a trading name of Barclays Bank PLC and its subsidiaries. Barclays Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register No. 122702). Registered in England. Registered Number is 1026167 with registered office at 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.

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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