Threat Outbreak Alert: Fake Payment Information Email Messages on February 5, 2014

2014-02-05T19:59:55
ID CISCO-THREAT-32749
Type ciscothreats
Reporter Cisco
Modified 2014-02-05T19:59:55

Description

Medium

Alert ID:

32749

First Published:

2014 February 5 19:59 GMT

Version:

1

Summary

  • Cisco Security has detected significant activity related to spam email messages that claim to contain payment information for the recipient. The text in the email message attempts to convince the recipient to open the attachment to follow bank instructions to confirm the payment transfer slip. 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 (RuleID8756) may contain the following files:

> New Dennis.scr
Mid Year Order.zip

The New Dennis.scr file in the Mid Year Order.zip attachment has a file size of 484,729 bytes. The MD5 checksum, which is a unique identifier of the executable, is the following string: 0x33FA07A74D9D3E1C3D9EE5836D8A6DC0

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

> Subject: NEW ORDER.

Message Body:

**Head Manager
HSBC Bank
International and Local Transfer Department.
Dear Sir/Madam,
My Transfer Department was instructed to remit payment into your
account provide by our Customer for goods. We have just remitted 100%
full payment $42,000:00 into your account provided by our Customer for
the goods.
Please check the attachment and follow our bank instructions to
confirm the payment transfer slip.
Await your reply and update if there is any mistake with the Bank
Account Details used.
Please confirm and get back to us immediately.
Mr. Wang Cheng.

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This e-mail message has been scanned for Viruses and Content and
cleared by MailMarshal

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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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Revision History

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