Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Facebook Message Notification Email Messages on February 4, 2014

2014-02-04T18:12:24
ID CISCO-THREAT-32709
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-04T18:12:24

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32709

First Published:

2014 February 4 18:12 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain message notifications from Facebook for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to view messages. 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 (RuleID8737) may contain the following files:

> new notifications Facebook_message.zip_
new notifications Facebook_message,xml.exe_

The new notifications Facebook_message,xml.exe_ file in the new notifications Facebook_message.zip_ attachment has a file size of 40,960 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x234FCC9195C9A28072886A3E2D3AECA6

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

> Message Body:

facebook
You have new notifications.
A lot has happened on Facebook since you last logged in. Here are some notifications you've missed from your friends.
7 message(s)
Open Attached File With Notifications
Go to Facebook
If you don't want to receive these emails from Facebook in the future, please unsubscribe.
Facebook, Inc., Attention: Department 415, PO Box 10005, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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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