Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Personal Photo Email Messages on January 27, 2014

2014-01-28T15:48:58
ID CISCO-THREAT-32602
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-01-28T15:48:58

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32602

First Published:

2014 January 28 15:48 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain a picture for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view the picture. 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 (RuleID8657) may contain the following files:

> pictures.zip
pic.scr

The pic.scr file in the pictures.zip attachment has a file size of 90,624 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x35594542EEDB5678F872FE5D5E87E26A

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

> Subject: How are things (with you)? sexy woman

Message Body:

My name is Natalia. Your profile is good-looking. Jeany Ellington in Saratov. My picture is attached. I can say that I'm intelligent, beautiful, passionate girl. I would like to meet a kind, attentive man who loves children and animals. Please write to me.

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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