Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Bank Payment Notification Email Messages on January 28, 2014

2014-01-28T21:31:27
ID CISCO-THREAT-32598
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-01-28T21:31:27

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32598

First Published:

2014 January 28 21:31 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a bank payment notification for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment for details of the payment. 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 (RuleID8661) may contain the following files:

> ADDACS Advice Report #579215.zip
ADDACS Advice Report #658745.exe

The ADDACS Advice Report #658745.exe file in the ADDACS Advice Report #579215.zip attachment has a file size of 17,408 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0xEA8141D3BADCCA43C8380FE318F9E688

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

> Message Body:

Tuesday 28 January 2014
This is an automatically generated email by Barclays Bank PLC online payments Service to inform you that you have receive a NEW Payment.
The details of the payment are attached.
This e-mail (including any attachments) is private and confidential and may contain privileged material. If you have received this e-mail in error, please notify the sender and delete it (including any attachments) immediately. You must not copy, distribute, disclose or use any of the information in it or any attachments.

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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