Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Product Purchase Inquiry Email Messages on January 22, 2014

2014-01-23T19:55:19
ID CISCO-THREAT-32549
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-01-23T19:55:19

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32549

First Published:

2014 January 23 19:55 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a product purchase inquiry for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view a product description and design. However, the .zip attachment contains a malicious .scr file that, when executed, attempts to infect the system with malicious code.

Email messages that are related to this threat (RuleID8588) may contain the following files:

> Product description and design.zip
Product description and design.scr

The Product description and design.scr file in the Product description and design.zip attachment has a file size of 638,895 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x21F3EFD60D5401A9BA4BA53B6244BD68

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

> Subject: Re: Inquiry. As discussed previously.

Message Body:

Dear Sir/Ma,
My ex-staff Elena Kraniv sent you email late last year. She has left the company and I am interested in dealing with your company.
We are one of the largest dealers of your products here in Russia.
We are interested in buying large quantities from your company.
Can you please send me your catalgue.
Do you have the exact replicas of the pictures in the attached file?
If you don't have them, can you produce them? How much is your unit price?
whats is your minimum order and how long will it take you to produce them.
Your quick response would be appreciated.
Your truly,
Yuri Konakov
President/CEO.
Address: 65 Voznesensky Prospect, St. Petersburg 190000, Russia
Tel: +7 495 777-41-71 - Fax: +7 495 777-82-41

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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